To Horace Darwin 26 [July 1868]1
Dumbola Lodge | Freshwater | Isle of Wight
My dear Horace
We do not know Leonards address & I must write to some one else I shall burst with pleasure at Leonards success.— We saw the news yesterday & no doubt you will have seen it.—2 Is it not splendid? Who would ever have thought that poor dear old Lenny wd. have got so magnificent a place. I shall be curious to hear how many tried. Everything is grand; what a difference between the highest & lowest number! By Jove how well his perseverance & energy has been rewarded.
This is a very dull place, but we like it much better than we did at first. Erasmus & the Hensleighs3 are here for a few days & we went yesterday evening to Alum Bay, which is vy grand.4
Perhaps the Leith Hill folk are coming to the Hotel here.—5
What a bad job it is that Ruck6 has not got in.— I wish you were coming sooner.
My vy dear old man | Your affect. Father | C. Darwin
Writes to express his pleasure at Leonard’s success [second in the Woolwich Academy entrance examination].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6289,” accessed on 27 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6289