From George Howard Darwin [1 February 1870 or earlier]1
14 Arl. St. | Picc.2
My Dear Father,
I went to a horse dealers on Wednesday to see if they had anything that wd suit you, but the man assured me that no London dealer wd allow his horses to go on trial, but he told me the best way wd be to hire a horse from a riding school & go on changing until you were suited.3
I went this mg. to the Grosvenor Riding School—where they keep about fifty horses & I saw there a horse about 14.2 hands up to about 12 stone & wh. was so quiet that it had been ridden by a blind man.
I think the best way wd be for me to take a turn in the park on this or any other of their beasts wh. they think wd be suitable & then you to hire the one or ones I think best for a week or fortnight. I expect you wd have to pay rather higher than the value of the horse as the don’t profess to sell & they say that this beast is of great value to the riding school for timid riders. We can talk over it tomorrow
Your affectionate son | G. H. Darwin
Discusses buying a horse [for CD].