Inquires about financial matters.
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
I enclose a cheque for the amount of your account, with many thanks for all the trouble you have been so good as to take for me.—
I believe that your view is quite correct, that out of the
Will you, therefore, be so good as to settle for me whether such transference had
better be effected; & if you so advise me, I will at once write to
Pray believe me | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely & obliged
| C. R. Darwin
- f1 1372.f1William Mostyn Owen of the Royal Dragoons, the eldest son of the Owen family of Woodhouse. CD had been a frequent visitor at Woodhouse before the Beagle voyage. The £20,000 for the mortgage was lent from ‘Emma's trust property’ with interest at 3
per cent beginning 19 August 1850. CD's Investment Book (Down House MS), pp. 33, 86, shows regular half-yearly payments by William Mostyn Owen until 20 August 1881. 3 4
- f2 1372.f2In August 1851, the £5000 referred to was transferred to Emma's trust fund, and various shares, including those mentioned in the letter, were transferred from the trust fund to CD, to offset this sum, and then sold (see CD's Investment Book (Down House MS), pp. 33, 37–8, and Correspondence vol. 5, letter to Josiah Wedgwood III, 20 November 1852). However, it was subsequently decided that the £5000 had originally been part of Emma's trust monies and not, as previously thought, CD's, and consequently, the shares that had been transferred to CD should have remained in the names of Emma's trustees. The mistake was rectified by further share exchanges in 1853 (CD's Investment Book (Down House MS), p. 33).