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From Charles Parker   18 January 1864

The Mount | Shrewsbury.

Dear Uncle Charles,

You will soon see that this is a begging letter. The fact is, a school is sadly wanted at Ford and I have begun a subscription for that purpose.1 I enclose you a list of the subscribers, and write to ask if you can kindly help me a little in the matter.2 We have to buy the land, and build a mistress’ house, and school. We think £500 will be wanted.

At the same time if you have one, will you be good enough to send me your photograph. Old Mrs. Gardner of Sansaw3 asked me to get it for her book.

I am very sorry to hear how unwell you have been lately, but hope you are a little better.

I am | yr. affec: neph: | Charles Parker.

Jan. 18. 1864.

Subscriptions for the school.

Archdn. Waring4 10. 0. 0

C. Parker 20. 0. 0

Mr. Langton5 20. 0. 0

E. Darwin Esq.6 20. 0 0

Miss Darwin7 20. 0. 0

Miss Parker8 5. 0. 0

Wm. Lyon Esq.9 10. 0. 0

105. 0. 0

Footnotes

The village of Ford is in Shropshire, five miles west of Shrewsbury. Parker, CD’s nephew, was appointed to the perpetual curacy of Ford parish in 1863 (Crockford’s clerical directory). Parker’s attempt to establish the school failed; the house used as a school since 1843 was not replaced until 1873, when a national school was erected (see letter from Charles Parker, 1 July 1864, and Victoria history of the county of Shropshire, 8: 226, 327.)
CD’s Account book–cash account (Down House MS) records a payment on 20 January 1864 to ‘C. Parker, School £5.0.0’.
Mrs Gardner evidently resided at Sansaw Hall in Clive, a village north of Shrewsbury (Post Office directory of Gloucestershire, with Bath, Bristol, Herefordshire, and Shropshire 1863, 1870).
William Waring was the archdeacon of Shropshire, 1851–77 (Alum. Cantab.).
Charles Langton was the husband of CD’s sister Catherine (Freeman 1978).
Erasmus Alvey Darwin.
Susan Elizabeth Darwin, CD’s sister, still lived at the family home, The Mount, in Shrewsbury (Freeman 1978).
Mary Susan Parker was Charles Parker’s sister (Freeman 1978).
William Lyon resided at Ford Hall, Ford, Shropshire (Post Office directory of Gloucestershire, with Bath, Bristol, Herefordshire, and Shropshire 1863, 1870).

Bibliography

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.

Crockford’s clerical directory: The clerical directory, a biographical and statistical book of reference for facts relating to the clergy and the church. Crockford’s clerical directory etc. London: John Crockford [and others]. 1858–1900.

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1978. Charles Darwin: a companion. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

Post Office directory of Gloucestershire, with Bath, Bristol, Herefordshire, and Shropshire: Post Office directory of Gloucestershire, with Bath, Bristol, Herefordshire, and Shropshire. Post Office directory of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, and the City of Bristol. Post Office directory of Shropshire, Herefordshire, and Gloucestershire, with the City of Bristol. London: Kelly & Co. 1856–79.

Summary

Collecting subscriptions for a school at Ford.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-4393
From
Charles Parker
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
The Mount, Shrewsbury
Source of text
DAR 174: 17
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4393,” accessed on 2 April 2020, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-4393.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 12

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