Is very glad to hear of the increased rent. Prefers lien agreement with tenant, Mr Hardy.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
I am very glad to hear of the increased Rent, which will make my Farm a very good investment; & I truly thank you for your kind attention to my interests.
With respect to the
With my very sincere thanks, pray believe me my dear Sir | Your's
very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
To | John Higgins Esq
- f1 1993.f1Dated by the reference to the rent increase on the Beesby farm (see n. 2, below).
- f2 1993.f2John Higgins was the agent for CD's farm near Beesby, Lincolnshire. According to his Investment book (Down House MS), CD received £215 6s. 5d. rent on his farm on 12 June 1856 and a payment of £238 18s. 8d. on 19 December 1856. Subsequent payments continued to be made at around the higher level.
- f3 1993.f3Francis Hardy was CD's tenant. A lien was the right to retain possession of another person's property until the owner paid a debt.