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Darwin Correspondence Project

From John Maurice Herbert   26 January 1868

Rocklands, | Ross.

26 Jany | 1868

My dear Darwin,

This morning’s Post brought me the Times & the Tripos list;1 and I must send you and Mrs. Darwin a few lines of hearty congratulation on your son’s brilliant success. It warms my old blood to know of my old friend’s son achieving so great a triumph—and I sincerely hope that it is only the earnest of still greater distinction in his future career.—

Mrs. Herbert2 joins me in kindest regards to Mrs. Darwin & yourself and in wishing you both and all yours, many years of happiness—

Always, my dear old friend, | most faithy. yrs. | J. M. Herbert

Charles Darwin Esq

CD annotations

End of letter: ‘7th Wranglers’ pencil


A notice showing that George Howard Darwin had gained second place in the final examination for the mathematical tripos at Cambridge University appeared in The Times, 25 January 1868, p. 6.
Mary Anne Herbert.


Congratulates CD on George’s success.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Maurice Herbert
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 166: 185
Physical description
3pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5802,” accessed on 16 January 2021,

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