From G. H. Darwin  March 1
Trin. Coll. 〈 〉
Friday Mar. 〈27〉
My dear Father,
Grove’s account 〈of the〉 bar does seem rather dis〈mal.〉2 But I think that if he thought science might be a good thing for a young barrister it is somewhat encouraging and that it would not lead to any of the great prizes seems almost of no consequence. I don’t think I should like to take to business, for I should prefer as far as I can see to be a poorer man & try & do something with my head than to go in for the monotonous grind of business. In comparing the bar with Civil Engineering3 it is 〈 〉 worth considering that 〈one〉 does get some holidays. 〈Al〉so if business will not come 〈the〉 bar is generally a better place 〈for〉 a fresh start than Engineering 〈is〉. But then again I suppose 〈one〉 is rather more likely to make money at Engineering than the other. On the whole I think I still incline to the bar but I don’t think I will absolutely settle until I can have one more talk over it with you; I shall be leaving here early next week. I suppose you leave London about that time.
I can’t imagine what Wallace can want that problem done for.— He will find something about it in Thomson & Tait art. 649 it is excessively difficult.4 I have worked out an easier case approximately—when the plate is square & only bends in one direction—but I can’t think it will be much good to him— I thought perhaps he put it as a round plate thinking to make it easier. I send it by post to you.5 Has Wallace seen my “Sterility”. I suppose if he has he has squashed it awfully.—6 I have just finished the animilesQQQQ & am going to read Pan again.7
I have been leading a very dissipated life lately—concerts & dinners etc. I dined at Mortlock’s the banker’s on Sunday— there were only Mrs. M. & two dons there.8
Swettenham9 came up last night to finish keeping his term. My new prize Macaulay looks very gorgeous on my shelf— my other one isn’t done yet.10 I managed to cut open my eyebrow yesterday at tennis— I was hitting a ball with my whole strength against a wall & the raquet flew out my hand & bounded off the wall & hit me just above the eye—11 however the only effect is that my beauty is adorned with strips of plaster.
Your affectionate Son G. H. Darwin
Discusses law versus engineering and business as a career.
Supposes ARW will have "squashed" GHD’s criticisms of his notes on sterility.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6047,” accessed on 20 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6047