Discusses purchase of additional land.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
For the sake of my sons I wish if possible to buy a little more land.— I have
Now will you have the kindness to inform me whether you think it at all likely that you
could meet with land of value from
I am well aware that I cannot at all expect high interest for land; but I must look at any purchase as in some degree of the nature of a profitable investment.— You must have many clients who have far higher claims on your consideration than I can have, who have indeed none except my Fathers friendship for you; therefore it is quite possible that you may have to look out for small pieces of land for others, in which case I should have small chance of suceeding in making a fairly good investment. May I trespass on your kindness so far as to ask whether this is the case.
Once before I requested you to look out for land, but before you found any I changed my mind; you need not fear my changing my mind this time, for I write now after deliberation & for my sons' sakes.
Believe me | My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully |
C. R. Darwin
J. Higgins Esq
- f1 2605.f1John Higgins had acted as CD's land agent since 1845, when Robert Waring Darwin bought, on CD's behalf, a farm in Beesby, Lincolnshire (see Correspondence vol. 3, letter to W. D. Fox, [24 April 1845]). Higgins managed the farm and collected the rent for CD.
- f2 2605.f2CD refers to the farmlands owned by Susan Elizabeth Darwin and Erasmus Alvey Darwin. Being unmarried, the property of Susan and Erasmus would automatically revert to CD on their deaths, and thence to his sons.
- f3 2605.f3Higgins was born in Shrewsbury and moved to Alford, Lincolnshire, in 1819. He acted as R. W. Darwin's agent until the latter's death in 1848.
- f4 2605.f4See Correspondence vol. 5, letter to John Higgins, 18 March .
- f5 2605.f5CD purchased additional farmland in Lincolnshire in 1860. See Correspondence vol. 8, letters to John Higgins, 13 June  and 21 June .