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DCP-LETT-5837

From William Darwin Fox   3 February [1868]1

Delamere Rectory | Northwich | Cheshire

Feb 3

My dear Darwin

It gave me almost as much pleasure to see your Son 2nd Wrangler as if he had been my own.2

I did not at once write to congratulate you because I thought you would be burdened with letters, and now I have another cause for writing—viz to thank you for your kind present of your new Work, which I received on Friday last.3

I have run it over with much satisfaction, and shall now proceed to ruminate it over at my leisure. It will be a great treat to me.

I have not written to you of late, because I feared to give you the trouble of a reply, which I thought would, in your health, be an annoyance.

I greatly rejoiced to hear from Erasmus,4 that you were much better than you had been. When next in Town, I shall write to ask if I can run down to you for a few hours. It would be a great pleasure to again see you.

I have not been very well of late. I fear I am threatened with Angina from the pain I often have. I have consulted 2 Medicos, who gave me exactly opposite advice, so am going upon my own plan, till I can take a 3rd Doctors advice.

We are all well— when quite at liberty I should much rejoice to hear of you and yours.

With kindest regards to Mrs Darwin, and most heartfelt congratulations upon her Sons success—

Ever dear Darwin | Yours affectly W D Fox

Footnotes

1
The year is established by the reference to George Howard Darwin’s examination success (see n. 2, below).
2
George Darwin had achieved second place in the final examination for the mathematical tripos at Cambridge University in January (Cambridge University calendar); the position was known as ‘second wrangler’.
3
Fox refers to Variation; his name appears on CD’s presentation list for the book (see Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix IV).
4
Erasmus Alvey Darwin.

Summary

Congratulates [G. H. Darwin] on being Second Wrangler.

Thanks CD for Variation.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-5837
From
Fox, W. D.
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
Delamere
Source of text
DAR 164: 186
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5837,” accessed on 29 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5837

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