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DCP-LETT-5962

To Rolla Charles Meadows Rouse   [after 12 March 1868]1

My Dear Sir

Will you be so good as to inform me at what exact date, in about a fortnights time, it will suit you to receive my son Horace.—2 As you were so good as to say that you had heard from Dr Wrigley, I have not troubled you with his Quarterly characters, which as I have said, have all been as good as possible.3 As I previously mentioned, he is backward in Classics, but he tells me that he has been getting on better of late. I care about Classics only so far that he may pass his matriculation & afterwards his Little-Go—4 For mathematics he has a strong taste, & I suppose is fairly well advanced for his age of 17 years, considering, however, that he formerly lost 3 years from ill-health.5 As at present advised, & following my sons own wish, I intend that he shd try for the degree in the Sciences.— I beg leave to call your attention to a singular incapacity for spelling, & shd be much obliged, if you wd mark in all exercises his mistakes. He is anxious to improve & is ashamed of his ignorance. But the incapacity runs to a certain extent in our blood. I think that you will find my son anxious to please you in all ways, & I do not fear that he will be idle, but rather that he may work too hard.—

Footnotes

1
The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Alfred Wrigley, 12 March 1868.
2
According to Emma Darwin’s diary (DAR 242), Horace Darwin left home on 29 April 1868.
3
In his letter of 12 March 1868, Wrigley had indicated that he would write to Rouse that evening.
4
Little-go: ‘the popular name … for the first examination for the degree of B.A., officially called … “The Previous Examination” at Cambridge’ (OED).
5
Horace had been ill for much of the period from 1862 to 1864 (see Correspondence vols. 10–12).

Summary

Discusses tuition arrangements for Horace Darwin.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-5962
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Rouse, R. C. M.
Sent from
unstated
Source of text
DAR 96: 39-40
Physical description
Adraft 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5962,” accessed on 26 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5962

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