Writes to express his pleasure at Leonard's success [second in the Woolwich Academy entrance examination].
Dumbola Lodge | Freshwater | Isle of Wight
My dear Horace
We do not know Leonards address & I must write to some
one else I shall burst with pleasure at Leonards
success.— We saw the news yesterday & no doubt you will
have seen it.— Is it not splendid? Who would ever have
thought that poor dear old Lenny w
This is a very dull place, but we like it much better than we did at first. Erasmus & the Hensleighs are here for a few days & we went yesterday evening to Alum Bay, which is vy grand.
Perhaps the Leith Hill folk are coming to the Hotel here.—
What a bad job it is that Ruck has not got in.— I wish you were coming sooner.
My vy dear old man | Your affect. Father | C. Darwin
- f1 6289.f1The month and year are established by the address of the letter: the Darwins were at Freshwater on the Isle of Wight from 17 July to 20 August 1868 (Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242)).
- f2 6289.f2Leonard Darwin had come second in the entrance examination for the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich (Emma Darwin (1904), 2: 221). It is not known where the Darwins saw the news.
- f3 6289.f3The reference is to Erasmus Alvey Darwin, Hensleigh Wedgwood and Frances Emma Elizabeth Wedgwood, and possibly some of Hensleigh and Frances's children.
- f4 6289.f4Alum Bay on the Isle of Wight is famous for the Needles (chalk stacks) and for its coloured sands.
- f5 6289.f5Leith Hill Place was the home of Josiah Wedgwood III and Caroline Sarah Wedgwood.
- f6 6289.f6CD probably refers to Richard Matthews Ruck, who entered Woolwich in February 1869 (Register of gentleman cadets, Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, held in the archives of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst).