From Alfred Wrigley 9 March 1868
Grammar School, | Clapham. S.
March 9 | 1868
My dear Sir
The last letter received from you respecting Horace, I beg to enclose—1 After its date, came the signal successes of Leonard and George.2 As I received no further intimation respecting Horace, and could discover no ground of dissatisfaction, I assumed, not unreasonably I submit, that your fourth son would continue at the school where his three elder brothers had succeeded so well.3 On receiving Mr Rouse’s letter4 I replied in nearly the following terms—
“Mr Darwin has not informed me that he will remove his son Horace from this School next Easter; or I should with pleasure reply to your enquiries.” By this I intimated that I had not received your decision on a matter which I supposed to be under consideration.
It is from no idle curiosity that I desire to learn the cause of Horace’s removal. On the one hand I have personally—both as Tutor and Master—rendered him all assistance practicable— on the other hand—he is removed at a season when his brothers have acquired high distinction; and when such removal, without cause assigned, neutralises any advantage that might accrue, and unexplained is a censure. I cannot for a moment suppose that this result is intended—but the prejudicial effect is far beyond the loss of one pupil.
I shall be much obliged by your returning the enclosed letter, which I send for the purpose of shewing that the question was, so far as I knew, under consideration—and that it was my duty to write to Mr Rouse in the terms I did until I had received your decision
Believe me My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Alfred Wrigley
Cha〈r〉les Darwin Esqre.
Wants to know why Horace has been removed from school without any notification.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5999,” accessed on 10 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5999