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From Henry Bonham-Carter   26 January 1868

91 Gloster Terrace | Hyde Park | W

26 January 68

Dear Mr & Mrs Darwin

I cannot refrain from writing a line to congratulate you on your son George’s great success.1 As an old Cambridge man, (tho’ only a Senior Op) I am able to appreciate the honour, & as a Trinity man it does one’s heart good to see the old college so well represented.2

Pray don’t trouble to acknowledge this

Your’s very truly | Henry Bonham Carter


George Howard Darwin had gained second place in the mathematical honours examination at Cambridge (Cambridge University calendar 1868).
Bonham-Carter entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1845. He achieved the rank of ‘senior optimes’, the class below wranglers in the mathematical tripos, in 1849. George was also at Trinity. (Alum. Cantab.)


Alum. Cantab.: Alumni Cantabrigienses. A biographical list of all known students, graduates and holders of office at the University of Cambridge, from the earliest times to 1900. Compiled by John Venn and J. A. Venn. 10 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1922–54.

Cambridge University calendar: The Cambridge University calendar. Cambridge: W. Page [and others]. 1796–1950.


Congratulates CD on George’s success at Cambridge.

Letter details

Letter no.
Henry (Carter, Henry Bonham) Bonham-Carter
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Gloster Terrace, 91
Source of text
DAR 160: 245
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5801,” accessed on 18 January 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16