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Letter 1485

Darwin, C. R. to Higgins, John

2 Aug [1852]

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    Discusses rent reduction and possibility of a lease.

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Down Farnborough | Kent

Augt 2d

My dear Sir

I am really much obliged by your kind letter, but am sorry that I should have given you the trouble of writing it.

From what I had occasionally heard & seen in Print, & more especially from what I had heard from a distant connection, having considerable estates in Worscesterhire, I had thought that perhaps I could get some increase of Rent by lease. But what you say shows that leases are very unusual in lands under your care, & I confess I somehow quite forgot the very obvious (when recalled to one's mind) importance of the probable effect on the currency by the wonderful Australian discoveries. This, I conceive, would be reason enough by itself against a long lease.

Again I beg to say that I am sorry that you shd have had the trouble of writing & I remain My dear Sir | Your's sincerely | C. Darwin

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    f1 1485.f1
    Edward Holland, lord of the manor of Dumbleton, Gloucestershire, was greatly interested in agriculture and owned large estates in Worcestershire.
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    f2 1485.f2
    CD refers to the effects of the Australian gold-rush. See also letter to W. D. Fox, 7 March [1852].
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