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From George Simpson   [26] January [1831]



Dear Darwin

I write to thank you for the Paper, & at the same time to congratulate you on your very very good degree, tho I must say I should have been disapointed had you not been a leading man, knowing your predilection for Mathematicks.1 I have just this moment returned from a Fox chase, we found in a nice place for a Tally, & ran very well til after the first check when Scent would not alow of more sport. I have witnessed a few very pretty things in the hunting way this year, but I begin to think of studying divinity which is more profitable to the soul than field sports. I am almost afraid to inquire whether Lumsley Hodgson2 has passed as I can not find his name. I hope you will not get so very drunk but that you can find time to tell me a little of your future prospects, I suppose you will shortly look out for a partner for your future Vicarage, as well as a pretty patern for nightcaps. You have to keep another term I think, and as you will be to & fro to London do let me have the pleasure of seeing you before you return for good to Shrewsbury, which is an awful distance from Feversham.3 The disturbances in our neighbouhood4 are quite gone, however my Brother has thought fit to enlist in the Yeoman troops, in order to put some of them to the rout in case of necessity. I hope you did not forget to give my general invitation to Fox. I always was particularly partial to him, and hope at some time to view him again. What sort of a Master does Graham make5

I have no news to tell you, but I shall expect to hear from you at some time and with my best wishes for your future welfare, & good choice of a Wife believe me to | Remain sincerely Your’s | Geo. Simpson


CD was notoriously weak in mathematics, except geometry. See letter to W. D. Fox, [29 July 1828], n. 1.
Nathaniel Thomas Lumley Hodgson.
Now called Faversham, in Kent.
During the winter of 1830 field labourers in the counties south of the Thames demonstrated and rioted for higher wages. See Trevelyan 1942, p. 471.
John Graham was elected Master of Christ’s College in 1830.


Trevelyan, George Macaulay. 1942. English social history: a survey of six centuries, Chaucer to Queen Victoria. London: Longmans and Co.


Congratulates CD on his "very very good degree". Asks about friends; wishes him well.

Letter details

Letter no.
George Simpson
Charles Robert Darwin
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A 26 JA 26 1831
Source of text
DAR 204: 41
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 90,” accessed on 6 August 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 1