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Letter 1117

Darwin, C. R. to Higgins, John

10 Sept [1847]

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    Agrees to lease land to Mr Mason. Discusses arrangements for bank draft.


Down Farnborough Kent

Sept 10th

My dear Sir

I shall be very glad to oblige Mr Mason: I certainly do not want to sell, but please to tell him with my compliments that if he prefers buying to taking a lease of it, the bit of land is at his service. I have myself been similarly circumstanced & disappointed & therefore am all the gladder to oblige Mr Mason. As you remark, I expect not to be put to any expence.—

I had intended before rent-time asking you a trifling question: I observe that the Banker charges 9s for remitting the money on a 3 weeks draft. Now I am so ignorant of money matters that I do not know what risk there is in drafts being sent by Post: are they often forged; for if so, paying 9s would be worth it as an insurance. Otherwise I gruudge wasting 18s per annum. Can Drafts be scored to a Banker, like cheques, that would make them essentially quite safe?

When at your leisure, will you be so kind, as to tell me what is best. & believe me my dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. R. Darwin.
To J. Higgins Esqe

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    f1 1117.f1
    Henry Payne Mason, rector of Beesby, Lincolnshire.
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    CD possibly refers to the fact that, due to an irregularity in conveyancing ownership of some land adjoining Down House, he had been obliged to repurchase a small strip of land (Correspondence vol. 2, letter to Susan Darwin, [8 December 1843], n. 3). It may be the same ‘slip of land’ referred to in Correspondence vol. 3, letter to Emma Darwin, [7–8 February 1845].
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