From Edward Cresy 27 January 1868
Metropolitan Board of Works | Spring Gardens
27 Jany 68.
My dear Sir,
Although very busy I cannot refrain from giving myself the pleasure of congratulating you on George’s success.1 I remember how pleased you said you should be to see him get a third or fourth place & therefore can imagine how you rejoiced that he got a second & in a year too when it really was the only place there was a chance for as I heard on every hand Moulton was certain—2
Tell him when he comes down I hope he will be able now to come & see me.3 I suppose after such a grind as he has had he will for a short time rest on his laurels— Did you get any intimation before the time of his being backed for so good a place or was it quite unexpected?
You would be very much gratified if you heard on all hands the feeling of sympathy displayed by people like our Chairman for example & members of our Board, without a tincture of science, that so distinguished a man of science should have so distinguished a son—4 I can quite imagine how heartily his mother & sister rejoice with you on the occasion5 pray congratulate them heartily on our behalf
Yours very truly | E Cresy
C Darwin Esq
Congratulations on George’s being Second Wrangler at Cambridge.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5806,” accessed on 4 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5806