Discusses his account and rent reduction. Comments on agricultural prices.
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
I beg to acknowledge & thank you for the Balance of
I should be much obliged if you would be so good, when you have
leisure, as to let me hear what you think about my future prospects in regard
to Rent. Now that wheat is not quite so low as it was & considering the prices
of other products, fifteen per cent seems to me a large reduction, bearing in mind that
the Farm buildings are new & that no timber or game is preserved. If the land
when purchased was let at a very high rent, of course my remarks are not
applicable.— As far as I can hear, 15 per cent is an unusually large
reduction. I should like to hear what reduction the great landowners, namely,
Although I am on principle a free-trader, of course I am not willing to make a larger
reduction than necessary to retain a good tenant; on the other hand I sh
Nevertheless I must yet hope that agricultural produce will rise, for I believe prices on the continent, quite irrespectively of protection or free-trade, are below the average.— Pray do not until quite convenient trouble yourself by answering this. I will forward your answer to Miss Darwin who is interested on this point.
Pray believe me | My dear Sir | Your's very faithfully
| Charles Darwin
J. Higgins Es
- f1 1483.f1The rent paid by CD's Beesby farm tenant less £5 subscription to Beesby school. The sum of £188 4s. 11d. was recorded on 19 June 1852 in CD's Classed account book (Down House MS). See also letter to John Higgins, 7 June 1851, and Correspondence vol. 4, letter to John Higgins, 9 May .
- f2 1483.f2Charles Anderson Worsley, Earl of Yarborough.
- f3 1483.f3Robert Adam Christopher, M.P. for north Lincolnshire.
- f4 1483.f4Following the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846 and the abolition of duty on foreign cereal imports in 1849, agricultural prices suffered a decline.
- f5 1483.f5Susan Darwin, who also owned property in Lincolnshire.