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Letter 1541

Darwin, C. R. to Higgins, John

2–3 Dec [1853?]

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    Arranges meeting. Discusses his account.


Down Bromley Kent

Dec. 2d

My dear Sir

I cannot remember whether I acknowledged your last note— — Anyhow I hope to meet you on the 10th, as near as I can arrive by 1 o'clock at Woods' Hotel Furnival Inn.

Your's very faithfully | C. Darwin

P.S. | I have just received your note, enclosing your account, & I have received information from the Union Bank, that they have placed to my account from you £225 : 6s : 5d, for which I am much obliged.—
Dec. 3d

C. Darwin

P.S. When we meet you must tell me, whether you wd prefer 12 yearly a receipt on a stamp now that the stamp-laws are altered

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    f1 1541.f1
    There is an entry recording a visit to London on that day in CD's Account book (Down House MS).
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    f2 1541.f2
    Furnival's Inn, Holborn, London (Post Office London directory 1853).
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    f3 1541.f3
    CD recorded the receipt of £225 11s. 5d. on 3 December 1853 in his Classed account book (Down House MS) for the rent from Beesby farm.
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    f4 1541.f4
    Among the wide-ranging changes in taxes and duties put forward by William Ewart Gladstone in the budget of 1853, was the introduction of a penny duty to be charged on documents functioning as receipts. After the new measure came into force on 11 October 1853, any receipt for a sum of £2 or more had to carry a one penny stamp if it was to be an admissible record of the transaction (Annual Register (1853): 56; Economist 11 (1853): 1127). CD's next surviving letter to Higgins, 25 December 1854, acknowledging the receipt of rent, bears the appropriate stamp.
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