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Darwin Correspondence Project

From G. H. Darwin   [3 February 1870 or earlier]1

Thursday evg.

My dear Father,

When I first went to the riding school I asked one of the men whether he thought they wd sell the horse & he said that he thought very likely they wd.2

But I believe they do not profess to sell & so perhaps if I was to go & ask first of all they might say plump out no—but if you hired the horse & liked it I think they wd most likely sell. If however you wd rather not hire without knowing certainly if they’d sell I will go & inquire.

The horse stands I shd guess about 12 a hand higher than Tommy & is up to a greater weight, but that you wd’nt mind. I rode her (its a mare) for about 20 m. in the park; she has a canter like an armchair and a very fair walk—but is a little wooden in the trot—tho’ not at all a high action.— Except Tommy I never rode a quieter horse— certainly she does not go as entirely without the rein as Tommy—but unless she changes when she gets to Down you wo’nt often come across a quieter beast. Of course I ca’nt really judge for you.—


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from G. H. Darwin, [4 February 1870].
See letter from G. H. Darwin, [1 February 1870 or earlier].


Conveys some information on a quiet horse which CD may be able to purchase from a riding school.

Letter details

Letter no.
George Howard Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 210.2: 14
Physical description
AL 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7091,” accessed on 24 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18