To [Edward William Blore] [October 1870 or later]1
I hope that you will excuse the l. which I take in troubling you.— My son H.2 has had bad health for several years, & partly in cause of this is extremely backward in Classics & many other subjects. He is now much better but Dr Bence Jones3 not very long ago said that he must not work hard. My son has a strong taste & some capacity for mathematics. I have [therefore much] fear that he will not be able to pass his little-go4 & have advised him to get a private tutor for this sole object; but as he has a strong taste & some cap. for math. I have allowed him to attend Mr Routh’s l but I doubt whether he will he will have strength or time for both Private tutor & the College Lectures.5 Under these peculiar circumstances wd it be possible for you to excuse him at present attendance at College Lectures.— I hope that you will forgive me for calling your attention to my son’s case & that you will not think of answering this note; but inform my son what you may think right to do.— Dear Sir
Horace Darwin wishes to have private tuition to help him pass the "Little Go" and so CD wonders if he might be excused College lectures for the present, to prevent undue strain.