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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Francis Darwin   [after 16 May 1871]1

University “Pitt” Club

My dear Father

I would have written to you before but I have been writing to St Georges (to my friend there) to find out whether I could get away from London before the end of July & whether I need come back at the beginning of October—2 I am afraid I couldn’t get away till end of July— but I am almost sure that I might come back about the middle of Oct   I will tell you when I hear— It is most awfully kind of you to offer to pay for me—3 I dont know what the exped wd cost but I should certainly have a great deal of my July to Oct allowance to spend on it—so I hope you wdnt have to help me much   Will you please let me have the remainder of my £100; because you have given me such an awful lot of extra money, that I very much want to do with as little as possible—4 If I find I cant manage to go to America & keep my London Hosp term of course I must give it up— I had quite made up my mind that I wasnt going so it wouldn’t be much disappointment—

Your affectionate son | F. Darwin

I have 5 guineas fees to pay, so will you please pay that with the remainder of the £100 sometime before the end of the term

CD annotations

Top of letter: ‘(Eye of Cuttlefish) | Pryor Artic | Review | Balfour’ pencil5

Footnotes

The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to Francis Darwin, 16 May [1871].
Francis’s friend was probably Edward Charles Stirling, a fellow student at St George’s Hospital, London (see first letter from Francis Darwin, [after 22 May 1871]). Francis was hoping to travel to the United States in the summer with his brother George Howard Darwin and two friends (see letter from G. H. Darwin, [14 May 1871]).
The annotations are for CD’s letter to Francis Darwin, 21 May [1871].

Summary

He is waiting to hear about the requirements for the MB examination before considering the possible trip to north America.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7761F
From
Francis Darwin
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Cambridge
Source of text
Philip Trevelyan (private collection) DAR 274.1: 17
Physical description
ALS

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7761F,” accessed on 14 August 2022, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/?docId=letters/DCP-LETT-7761F.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19

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