From G. H. Darwin 8 December 1868
Amateur Dramatic Club
Tuesday | 8 Dec 68
My dear Father,
Frank is going on v. well & is going to get up for a short time this evg.; he & Pryor (Nat. Sc. Scholar) were dissecting a Curlew’s wing & body all yesterday.1 Pryor has been reading Pettigrew’s paper & seems as much confused as I was.; but seems to think that Pettig. is right where he is’nt unintelligible & he shewed me v. well with the wing what he thought Pettigrew means.2
Frank has got one vol. of the Lyell with the temple of thing-magig on the outside & I have had for the last two years his book with the cockle shell outside.3
I am sorry to hear Jim is bad.4
Prof. Newton5 came & sat with F. for sometime yesterday. I broke the leg of his bed last night in pushing it back to the wall & had to prop it up with a chair. I am quite a swell at bandaging now, as the Dr. thought it was’nt worth while his coming in yesterday, but has been today. Have you seen the notes on Owen’s new vol: Newton showed them to me— fancy his being so childish as to christian yr Theory the D.T.—6
I am going to have Moore (who is up for his exam) & Elwin & Pryor to a sm. dinner tonight; as I want to cook both E. & M.7
Moore’s case has appeared in one of the daily papers & Elwin père is writing a pamphlet on it to be published on Saturday.8
Your affectionate Son | G. H. Darwin
I am utterly demoralised & can’t read even a novel.
Sends news of his and Frank’s doings at Cambridge.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6495,” accessed on 27 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6495