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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Alfred Wrigley   [after 12 March 1868]1

I hope you will ex my writing thus again.2 Horace has never said or hinted it to me [rest assured] that you had hurt his feelings in any way;3 on the contrary I remember that he distinctly said that you had been very kind in attending to him & had brought him on much in [studying].— I do not [2 words illeg] understand for his disposition is rather reserved & [peculiar] why he wishes to leave school; but the wish has been persistent & I have always followed, hitherto with [illeg] my sons wishes. I freely own I have always felt doubtful about a private tutor for him— And this leads me to add, that I remember making a similar remark together with the 2 other sentences quoted before, in my letter to you, which no doubt was lost by the post-off. Mrs D. also believes that she remembers my writing shortly before the Boys return.—4 I hope that you will believe that I did write for it wd have been an unpardonable [rudery] not to have written a second note, in [addition] to that which you enclosed [earlier],5 before removing my son— This note requires no acknowledgment & is written only for my own satisfaction


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Alfred Wrigley, 12 March 1868.
CD evidently refers to the return of Leonard and Horace Darwin from Clapham Grammar School for the Christmas holiday in 1867.


Assures AW he has not hurt Horace’s feelings. CD has always been doubtful about a private tutor for Horace. Fears a letter [giving notice of removal] was lost in the post.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Alfred Wrigley
Sent from
London, Chester Place, 4
Source of text
DAR 181: 182v
Physical description
ADraft 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6008,” accessed on 20 July 2024,

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