Discusses possible land transactions.
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
Your letter of the 8
Nevertheless I have no wish to keep Sutterton, & supposing (extremely improbable as it appears to me) that you felt confident you could arrange the sale & purchase & all its expences, in such a manner that I should certainly lose none of my income, I should of course be greatly obliged to you. I have written thus explicitly that you may exactly understand my feelings.
Pray again accept my thanks & believe me | Yours sincerely
| C. Darwin
To | John Higgins Esq
- f1 1185.f1An estate and farm near the town of Sutterton, Leicestershire, owned by Robert Waring Darwin. There is no record in CD's Investment Book (Down House MS) of any transaction involving Sutterton in 1848, but Robert Waring Darwin's Investment Book (Down House MS) carries an account of rent paid on ‘Sutterton Fen’ from 1831 through 1848. Higgins's letter had presumably been forwarded to CD from Shrewsbury because of his father's poor health. In a will drawn up in 1845, Robert Waring Darwin had stipulated that the property was to pass to CD. In his letter to John Higgins, 6 December , CD informs Higgins that he has, indeed, inherited Sutterton Fen. On 23 June 1849, CD's Investment Book shows a payment on Beesby Farm, to which is added for the first time, ‘& Sutterton Estates’.