To Alfred Wrigley 11 March 1
4 Chester [Place]
My dear Dr W.
If the enclosed letter is the only one which I wrote, I am greatly to blame; but I certainly thought that I had written you a second letter either at the time or shortly before Horace returned to school at Christmas.2 I remember as distinctly as I can remember anything but my recollection may be faulty using the words “after Easter” “with your permissions”, as I remember assuming from your letter that I h〈ad〉 your permission.—
(If my memory has been fallacious I am of course indebted to you for a Quarter’s notice) With respect to the cause of Horace’s removal, I am perfectly satisfied with Clapham School & have very often rejoiced that I had sent our sons there.—3 But I have always been largely guided by my sons wishes & Horace for a considerable time has wished for the quieter life of a Private Tutor & thinks that he shd get on quicker; though on this latter head I have always much doubted nevertheless having much confidence in his judgement & knowing his disposition, I have not hesitated to indulge him.— I am extremely sorry that you shd for one moment suppose that the removal of Horace could for one moment be considered by any one as a censure on the Clapham School—
I remain | My dear Sir | Yours very
Regrets and apologises for a misunderstanding regarding Horace’s leaving Clapham School. Is sure he wrote an earlier letter which AW evidently did not receive.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6004,” accessed on 8 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6004