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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-4945

To Robert Burn   2 December [1865]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Dec 2.

Dear Sir

I should be much obliged if you would enter my son Francis Darwin at Trinity for next October. I enclose his master the Rev. Dr Wrigley’s certificate2 & a cheque for entrance & caution money for £20.3

If it is possible I shd much wish my son to have rooms in college & shd therefore be very much obliged if you wd put his name down for the first chance.

I beg leave to remain | Dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Charles R. Darwin

To Revd. R. Burn

Footnotes

1
The year is established by Francis Darwin’s matriculation at Trinity College, Cambridge, in October 1866 (Alum. Cantab.).
2
Alfred Wrigley was headmaster of Clapham Grammar School. Francis Darwin attended the school from the summer of 1860 to the summer of 1866 (CD’s Classed account book (Down House MS)).
3
Caution money: ‘money deposited as a security for good conduct, [especially] by a student on entering a college’ (OED). A payment to Burn of £20 for ‘entrance for Trinity’ is recorded in CD’s Account book–cash account (Down House MS) on 2 December 1865.

Summary

Enters Francis Darwin at Trinity College, Cambridge. Encloses certificate from Alfred Wrigley and £20 entrance and caution money. Wants Francis to have rooms in College.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-4945
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Burn, Robert
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 221.5: 4 (photocopy)
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4945,” accessed on 25 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4945

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