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To Charles Crawley   19 April [1872]1

Down. | Beckenham. Kent.

April 19

My dear Mr Crawley.

Pray thank your Father sincerely for me for having sent so venerable a Relic—2 It is characteristic how much more most of us consider our superiors than our inferiors, that I remember more or less almost every boy above me or in the same form & very few of those below me in the school.

I am very much obliged to you for your translation which seems to me Capital—3 I fear as snapping the fingers here means being puzzled & not contempt, it will not serve my purpose— But “he has pillared his chin upon his hand” will come in under puzzled meditation.4

With my best thanks. | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin.

Frank is gone to Chatham for the Engineers Ball.5

Footnotes

The year is established by the reference to the Engineers’ Ball (see n. 4, below).
See letter from Charles Crawley, [18 April 1872] and n. 2. The venerable relic was a list of pupils at Shrewsbury School.
See letter from Charles Crawley, [18 April 1872] and n. 3. In Expression, p. 230, CD quoted these words from the passage of Plautus’s Miles gloriosus that Crawley had translated for him.
See letter from Charles Crawley, [18 April 1872] and n. 3. In Expression, p. 230, CD quoted these words from the passage of Plautus’s Miles gloriosus that Crawley had translated for him.
Brompton Barracks in Chatham is the headquarters of the Corps of Royal Engineers. Francis Darwin’s brother Leonard was commissioned in the Royal Engineers in January 1871 (RMAS archives, Sandhurst collection). A grand ball was held on 18 April 1872 at the barracks (The Times, 20 April 1872, p. 5).

Summary

Thanks CC’s father for relic. Remembers almost every boy above him but few below him in the school.

CC’s translation seems capital.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8294
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Charles Crawley
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 143: 301
Physical description
1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8294,” accessed on 26 August 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8294

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20

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