Sends a cheque to pay off FD’s debts. Warns him of the dangers of overspending his income and advises him strongly to keep accounts.
The Moat | Tunbridge
My dear Frank
I enclose cheque for 115£:f2 I expected of course to have to aidyou as you were so much longer than usual at Cambridge, but the above israther more than I expected; & what is worse I do not see how you can holdout for this quarter with only £46.5.0.—f3 But never, for God’s sake,conceal debts from me, & tell me now, whether you owe any more: tellme this & think deliberately when you acknowledge the cheque toDown, where we return on Thursday morning.f4
As you have not kept accounts it is of course impossible for you knowhow you have overspent your income.— Let me urge you to make a point ofconscience (& then I know it will be done, i.e. if I can persuade you thatit is a duty) to keep accounts.— You cannot be sure about paying yourdebts if you do not, nor can you tell how to economise & spend your incometo best advantage. I have never known a man who was too idle to attend to hisaffairs & accounts, who did not get into difficulties; & he who habitually isin money difficulties, very rarely keeps scrupulously honourable, & Godforbid that this shd. ever be your fate.— If you once got into habitof attending to your money, & this implies keeping accounts, you wd.feel it very little trouble. My father,f5 who was the wisest man I everknew, thought it the duty of every man, young & old, to keep an accountof his money; & I very unwillingly obeyed him; for I was not always sobothersome an old fellow as I daresay I appear to you.—
We have been to LeithHill & came here yesterday & have enjoyed ourselves; though mammais not very well to day.This is a wonderfully curious & pretty place.f6
Your affectionate Father | Ch. Darwin