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Letter 1993

Darwin, C. R. to Higgins, John

19 Nov [1856]

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    Is very glad to hear of the increased rent. Prefers lien agreement with tenant, Mr Hardy.


Down Bromley Kent

Nov. 19th

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 £105, I shd prefer your second plan of a Lien for 15 years; but if you think the other plan of payment with interest to myself at 5 per cent, the fairer plan to Mr Hardy (who seems so excellent a tenant) I have the money & could transmit it immediately; but for myself, as I have said, I shd prefer the lien.—

With my very sincere thanks, pray believe me my dear Sir | Your's very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
To | John Higgins Esqe

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    f1 1993.f1
    Dated by the reference to the rent increase on the Beesby farm (see n. 2, below).
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    f2 1993.f2
    John 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.
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    f3 1993.f3
    Francis Hardy was CD's tenant. A lien was the right to retain possession of another person's property until the owner paid a debt.
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