From George Howard Darwin [28 November 1856]1
[Clapham Grammar School]
Friday. | morning.
You must excuse bad writing in this page because I had an abominable quill pen
My dear Papa
You need not have sent me to School Yesterday because today Mr. P Says I am to stop up in the sick room all day.2 Last night I left all my goodies in the sick room so I thought of course they would all be safe but this morning low and behold they are all gone except some ginger Bread and a little bit of cake. They took the letter into Mr. P. last night.
I like the Book I am reading now now very much it is called Ben Sylvester’s word,3 it is all about robbers & murdering that is to say a good deal about them. When once I get in steady work again, the time will soon fly. We have no chapel now and on Sunday some boys are going to Westminster Abbey and goodness knows where, all sorts of Churchs. Mrs. Morrey gave me a great peice of Toffey and I never eat a bit of it myself, and I only had one peice of ginger Bread.4 I forgot both the pencills and the nibbs for my pens, so I shall have to buy some. I forgot to put to put away my painting things so I must tell you where to put them.
Pencil in pencil case in box
compass in compass case in ditto
pen and nibbs ditto
gold paint ditto
paintbox in the setting board cupboard on the middle shelf that is just below the setting boards.
painting hankerchief ditto.
LOCK UP THE BOOK
I expect you have put my things in the wrong places but now you will be able to put them right. I wish I had stoped.
Unfortunately I could not get an inside place in an omnibus so I had a cold drive. I got up this morning with a bit of a headache but it soon went of.
The first bit of time will pass awfully slow. I have begun those thick trowsers, so I dont know what to say about flannel draws Mama will settle that I hope shall come to London to meet H. Hemmings.5 I suppose Brooks came home very late last night.6 Will you or Mama write to me very soon
Good bye I remain | your affec son | G H Darwin
Nucklebones come from sheep’s ankles I suppose all four legs I have no pen
Letter from school with instructions where to put away his belongings at home.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2003F,” accessed on 30 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2003F
Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13 (Supplement)