To George Varenne Reed 1 July 1
My dear Sir
By hunting up dates I find that Franky attended you for a week after the last quarter & recommenced on April 4th. so that I think last Monday June 26th would make up the Quarter: & I have now the pleasure of enclosing a draft for the amount, which I hope is all correct.—2
My third Boy Leonard is most ambitious & desirous of attending with Franky.— He is not stupid, I think, but slow & so very backward that it would be quite useless sending him except for the purpose of stimulating his progress.— His health, moreover, is not good.— Now I shd be much obliged if you would candidly tell me, whether it would make any difference to you, if we were to try & send him once a week to you with Franky, but not to take up more of your time than at present. It is not improbable that you may find him so backward that it would be of no use sending him; but I think, especially as he wishes it so much, it might stimulate his progress.— If he were to attend regularly twice a week I shd. be glad to hear what terms would suit your views.— Would you kindly consider this & let me have an answer at your leisure.—3 Franky will probably go to school next midsummer.—4
With my best thanks | My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
P.S. | Can you give me an offset or cutting of your carrion-smelling Arum.—5 I find I cannot purchase it at Cattell’s & I want one for an experiment.6
Sends payment for Francis Darwin’s tutoring. Inquires about possible arrangements for his son Leonard, who is slow and not well, to attend with Francis.
Asks whether he can have a cutting of GVR’s carrion-smelling Arum which he needs for an experiment.