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From Bartholomew James Sulivan   31 January 1868


Jany 31: 68

My dear Darwin

I must send you and Mrs. Darwin my sincere congratulations on the position your son has taken at Cambridge—1 I know what especial gratification it must be to you from your own Connection with the University—2 It is the more valuable this year from the Senior Wrangler being so superior that his position was said to be certain some time before3—& from the general opinion there that it would be a very good year—

I hope the good news has helped to give you a fresh stock of health and spirits.

My wife4 joins me in best congratulations & kind regards | Believe me | Yours very sincerely | B. J. Sulivan


George Howard Darwin was second in the final examination for the mathematical tripos at Cambridge (Cambridge University calendar 1868).
CD had been a student at Christ’s College, Cambridge, from 1828 to 1831 (Alum. Cantab.).
The senior wrangler at Cambridge in 1868 was John Fletcher Moulton (Cambridge University calendar 1868).
Sophia Sulivan.


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.


Congratulations on George Darwin’s performance at Cambridge.

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Bartholomew James Sulivan
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 177: 290
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5822,” accessed on 26 February 2020,

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