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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Francis Darwin   [before 18 October 1870]1

University “Pitt” Club

My dear Father

I am sorry to say that I have only £46–5s– in the bank, & the two bills of Burn’s are together £1152   I am afraid I must have been shockingly extravagant some how; & very idle not kept accounts so that I could seen how things were going. I only got my pass book this morning or I would have written to you before

Your affec son | Francis Darwin


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to Francis Darwin, 18 October [1870] (Correspondence vol. 18).
Robert Burn was Francis’s tutor at Trinity College, Cambridge, where Francis was an undergraduate from 1866 until 1870, when he received his BA (Admissions to Trinity College, Cambridge 5: 329, Cambridge University calendar 1870, p. xxiv; see also Correspondence vol. 13, letter to Robert Burn, 2 December [1865]). CD recorded a payment to Francis of £115 on 18 October 1870 in his Account books–cash account (Down House MS).


Needs more money to pay his tutoring bills.

Letter details

Letter no.
Francis Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 274.1: 14
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7345F,” accessed on 27 March 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24 (Supplement)