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.—
Discusses tuition arrangements for Horace Darwin.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5962,” accessed on 29 April 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5962