To Alfred Wrigley [after 12 March 1868]1
I hope you will ex my writing thus again.2 Horace has never said or hinted it to me restQQQQ assuredQQQQ that you had hurt his feelings in any way;3 on the contrary I remember that he distinctly said that you had been very kind in attending to him & had brought him on much in studyingQQQQ.— I do not QQQQ QQQQ understand for his disposition is rather reserved & peculiarQQQQ why he wishes to leave school; but the wish has been persistent & I have always followed, hitherto with QQQQ my sons wishes. I freely own I have always felt doubtful about a private tutor for him— And this leads me to add, that I remember making a similar remark together with the 2 other sentences quoted before, in my letter to you, which no doubt was lost by the post-off. Mrs D. also believes that she remembers my writing shortly before the Boys return.—4 I hope that you will believe that I did write for it wd have been an unpardonable ruderyQQQQ not to have written a second note, in additionQQQQ to that which you enclosed earlierQQQQ,5 before removing my son— This note requires no acknowledgment & is written only for my own satisfaction
Assures AW he has not hurt Horace’s feelings. CD has always been doubtful about a private tutor for Horace. Fears a letter [giving notice of removal] was lost in the post.