CD has passed his "Little Go".
My dear Fox
I am through my little Go,!!! I am too much exalted to humble myself by apologising for not having written before.— But, I assure you before I went in & when my nerves were in a shattered & weak condition, your injured person often rose before my eyes & taunted me with my idleness. But I am through through through. I could write the whole sheet full, with this delightful word.— I went in yesterday, & have just heard the joyful news.— I shall not know for a week, which class I am in.— The whole examination is carried on in a different system. It has one grand advantage, being over in one day. They are rather strict; & ask a wonderful number of questions:
And now I want to know something about your plans: of course you intend coming up here: what fun we will have together, what beetles we will catch, it will do my heart good to go once more together to some of our old haunts: I have two very promising pupils in Entomology, & we will make regular campaigns into the Fens; Heaven protect the beetles & M
And now for the time, I think I shall go for a few days to Town, to hear an Opera & see M
Holden has been ordained, & drove the Coach out on the Monday, I do not think he is looking very well.— Chapman wants you & myself to pay him a visit, when you come up, & begs to be remembered to you. You must excuse this short letter, as I have no end more to send off by this days post.—
I long to see you again, & till then | My dear good old Fox | I am yours most sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 78.f1The results were published in two lists: those who passed with credit, and those to whom the Examiners had only not refused their certification of approval. CD's name appeared in the first list (Cambridge University Archives Pass Lists, Previous Examinations 1824--83, Exam. L. 9).