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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Francis Darwin   2 May 1876

Down

May 2. 76

Dear Father

It was very good of you to send me the dose of vain glory, I am very glad he approves.1

Jemmy’s letter is grand—2 Amy & I can write 16 words a minute already.3 The earth has gone off all right this morning—4 Fritz has come back from the Vicar of Orpington who was taking care of him5

Yrs affec | Frank Darwin

Footnotes

George Henry Lewes had praised Francis’s recent publications (see letter to Francis Darwin, [1 May 1876]).
Jemmy was Horace Darwin’s nickname; Francis possibly refers to a letter from Horace written on CD’s new typewriter. On 1 May 1876, Horace had sent George Howard Darwin a typewritten letter from London (DAR 258: 860), and he might have written to CD or Francis on the same day.
Francis and his wife, Amy Darwin, had been practising typing on a dummy printing machine in advance of the arrival of CD’s typewriter (see letter from Francis Darwin, [1 May 1876] and n. 4).
CD had asked Francis to send samples of soil to Edward Frankland (see letter from Francis Darwin, [1 May 1876] and n. 2).
Fritz was a dog belonging to Richard Matthews Ruck, Francis’s brother-in-law. Fritz ran away around 23 April 1876 (letter from Emma Darwin to Leonard Darwin, 24 April [1876] (DAR 239.23: 1.42)). Presumably he was found by William Gardner, vicar of Orpington, whose late wife, Emily Gardner, was a very distant relative of Amy Darwin. It is unclear why Fritz had been brought to Down; he was collected by Richard Ruck in October (see letter from Emma Darwin to H. E. Litchfield, [24–5 October 1876] (DAR 219.9: 142)).

Summary

Has read letter from Jemmy. Amy has been practicing on the printing machine. Fritz has come back from the Vicar of Orpington.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-10492F
From
Francis Darwin
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Source of text
DAR 274.1: 23

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10492F,” accessed on 25 September 2021, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-10492F.xml

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

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