Lot 305
  • 305

Darwin, Charles

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  • Darwin, Charles
  • Autograph letter signed, to Edward Cresy ("My dear Sir")
  • paper
explaining his reason for wishing to meet ("...to ask a little advice on education of one of my Boys, on which subject I remembered to have heard you once talk as it you had thought over the subject..."), inviting Cresy and his wife to stay but warning that "we are a dismal house: my daughter has been very ill for 15 weeks" and his own health remains poor, 4 pages, Down House, Bromley, Kent, 25 August, [1860] framed and glazed



Catalogue Note

"...I am on most days a poor wretch unable to sit a whole evening even with my nearest relations..."

This letter, written during the illness of Darwin's daughter Henrietta, was written to Edward Cresy, a surveyor, architect, and founder member of the Geologists' Association. He probably wished to discuss the education of his son Leonard. On 15 September Darwin wrote to Leonard's prospective tutor, G.V. Reed, with his concern that the boy was "rather slow and backward" (DCP-LETT-2918).