To G. H. Darwin 3 May 1
Down, | Beckenham, Kent.
My dear George
Many thanks for the extracts which I will keep, but the subject of music is beyond me.—2
I was thinking the other day of suggesting to you to deliberate over 1 or 2 sentences at the end of your paper on dress, where you speak of the subject being very interesting.3 I remember once putting in some such sentence, & it was objected to me that the Reader was the proper judge of this.
This may be Hypercriticism.—
I am heartily glad that you were not too late for being called to the Bar.—4 Good Heavens what two days work you had—
The Lovers seem supremely happy, & Amy’s eyes are as bright as they can be, & her cheeks rosy.—5 We had a perfectly charming & most cordial letter from Mrs. Ruck today. She approves of my suggestion that the marriage shd. not be immediately. Mr. Ruck’s name is never even mentioned!—6
Yours affectionately | C. Darwin
Thanks GHD for extracts, but says the subject of music is beyond him.
Suggests that GHD deliberate over one or two sentences of his paper on dress ["Developments in dress", Macmillan’s Mag. 22 (1872): 410–16].
Refers to prospective marriage of Amy [Ruck and CD’s son Francis].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8308,” accessed on 26 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8308