To Adam Sedgwick 11 October 1
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Professor Sedgwick
Having sent yesterday to the Geolog. Soc. for parcels, I was surprised & delighted at receiving your Discourse2 this morning.
I thank you cordially for this act of kindness & for your remembrance of me.— By an odd chance about a fortnight since, seeing your Book advertised, I was speculating how I could borrow it.— It has wonderfully grown since I read it as a first Edition.3
I have got to decide upon what school to send my eldest Boy of eleven, & I have been thinking of sending him not to a purely classical school; so that I shall read your ideas on Education with a practical end in view.—4
I most sincerely hope that your health is pretty good: mine is much better, thanks to the inestimable Water Cure,5 than it has been for several years, but I see that I shall never have a sound stomach & therefore never be really strong again.
Accept my sincere thanks for your kindness & believe me, | Your’s truly obliged, | Charles Darwin
Thanks AS for a copy of his book, Discourse [on the studies of the University, 5th ed.].
Thinking of not sending his eldest son [William] to a classical school.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1369F,” accessed on 28 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1369F
Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13 (Supplement)