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To Edward Cresy   7 September [1865]1

Down, Bromley, Kent

Sept. 7th.

Dear Cresy

As you have been so kind as to give me advice about the career of my son George, I have thought that you would permit him to call on you for a little additional advice.2 We were in hopes to have been able to see you here for a Sunday, but I have been confined to my bed-room with almost constant sickness for the last four months, and have seen nobody and done nothing.3 If I should get a little better I will still try to persuade you to come, though I might only be able to see you for a very short time, as it is a real pleasure to me to see you.

Dear Cresy, believe me | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Edward Cresy, 10 September 1865.
George Howard Darwin matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge, in October 1864 (Alum. Cantab.). Cresy may have given CD advice about George’s pursuing a career as an engineer (Henrietta Emma Darwin, in a letter to George that can be dated February–March 1866 (DAR 245: 271) commented: ‘Cresy said it wd be very good thing for engineer to have a little practice in public speaking’). Cresy was the principal clerk at the Metropolitan Board of Works, Spring Gardens, London (Post Office London directory 1865).
CD recorded in his Journal that his sickness began around 22 April 1865 (see Correspondence vol. 13, Appendix II).


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.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Post Office London directory: Post-Office annual directory. … A list of the principal merchants, traders of eminence, &c. in the cities of London and Westminster, the borough of Southwark, and parts adjacent … general and special information relating to the Post Office. Post Office London directory. London: His Majesty’s Postmaster-General [and others]. 1802–1967.


May his son George call for advice on his career?

CD has been ill for past four months.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Edward Cresy, Jr
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Source of text
DAR 143: 324
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4610,” accessed on 10 April 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 13