From G. H. Darwin [3 February 1870 or earlier]1
My dear Father,
When I first went to the riding school I asked one of the men whether he thought they wd sell the horse & he said that he thought very likely they wd.2
But I believe they do not profess to sell & so perhaps if I was to go & ask first of all they might say plump out no—but if you hired the horse & liked it I think they wd most likely sell. If however you wd rather not hire without knowing certainly if they’d sell I will go & inquire.
The horse stands I shd guess about a hand higher than Tommy & is up to a greater weight, but that you wd’nt mind. I rode her (its a mare) for about 20 m. in the park; she has a canter like an armchair and a very fair walk—but is a little wooden in the trot—tho’ not at all a high action.— Except Tommy I never rode a quieter horse— certainly she does not go as entirely without the rein as Tommy—but unless she changes when she gets to Down you wo’nt often come across a quieter beast. Of course I ca’nt really judge for you.—
Conveys some information on a quiet horse which CD may be able to purchase from a riding school.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7091,” accessed on 22 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7091