Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I heard from the Bank this morning that the
It is of course very satisfactory to me, to hear that you think yourself justified in giving notice to the Tenant that the whole rent must be paid next half.—
With my thanks | Pray believe me | Dear Sir | Yours
sincerely | C. Darwin
J. Higgins Esq
- f1 1519.f1CD recorded the receipt of £206 3s. 2d. on 10 June 1853 in his Classed account book (Down House MS). The sum mentioned in the letter is the Beesby rent less a £5 donation to Beesby School.
- f2 1519.f2The Beesby Farm tenant was Francis Hardy (see letter to John Higgins, 7 June 1851).
- f3 1519.f3In 1850 CD had agreed to a reduction of 15% in rent on the Beesby Farm because of the slump in agricultural prices. From May 1850 to June 1853 the accounts show a reduction of that amount. The payment in June 1853 of £206 3s. 2d. represented a reduction of nearly 8
%. In December 1853 the full payment of £225 was made. 1 2