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From Alfred Wrigley   12 March 1868

Grammar School, | Clapham, S.

March 12 | 1868

My dear Sir

The letter sent to you in my last, was the most recent of those I had the pleasure of receiving from you.1 I was under the impression that the intention of removing Horace was in abeyance—and that it would be abandoned or deferred. In struggling against certain educational defects, I refer especially to writing, spelling⁠⟨⁠,⁠⟩⁠ style &c, &c, I may occasionally have hurt his feelings. In other respects, he has ever shewn himself gentle and docile—with good intelligence but lacking activity. This I attribute to his taking but little exercise.

The intimations made at Christmas respecting Horace, although I hoped that subsequent events might prevent their being carried out, were quite sufficient ‘notice’;2 and this view entirely precluded from my mind any other.

I shall part from Horace with much regret, and with my best wishes for his future success in life.

The enquiries of Mr Rouse I will answer this evening.3

I remain | My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Alfred Wrigley

Charles Darwin Esqre.


In his letter of 11 March [1868], CD had worried that he had not given sufficient notice of Horace Darwin’s removal from Clapham Grammar School.
Rolla Charles Meadows Rouse had written to Wrigley for a character reference for Horace (see letter from Alfred Wrigley, 9 March 1868).


Had hoped that the intention of removing Horace from school had been abandoned and regrets that it has not.

Letter details

Letter no.
Alfred Wrigley
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Clapham Grammar School
Source of text
DAR 181: 182
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6006,” accessed on 28 September 2023,

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