Discusses possible purchase of land.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Sir
You need not fear my changing my mind, I have
I may mention that my Bonds have about 1
I do not know how you will manage if you buy at auction about paying Deposit money,
until titles are examined by my solicitors. I may mention that
I have about
With my sincere thanks for your uniform kindness, I remain My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin
P.S. | As soon as you have decided that the Land seems promising, kindly inform me as my eldest son, would like to see it & will start immediately; & will after looking at it, probably come on to Alford & look at Beesby & Claythorpe.—
- f1 2831.f1Higgins was the Darwin family's agent who managed their investments in Lincolnshire farms. CD owned farms near Alford.
- f2 2831.f2CD had written to Higgins asking him to look for another farm for him to purchase. See Correspondence vol. 7, letter to John Higgins, 26 December 1859.
- f3 2831.f3In 1854, CD had asked Higgins to look for land to purchase and then changed his mind (see Correspondence vol. 5, letter to John Higgins, 9 April ).
- f4 2831.f4CD's solicitor was Thomas Salt of the Shrewsbury law firm of Dukes and Salt.
- f5 2831.f5The land was intended to form an investment to be divided among CD's sons (see Correspondence vol. 7, letter to John Higgins, 26 December 1859). William Erasmus Darwin was CD's oldest son.
- f6 2831.f6Beesby farm had been bought for CD by his father, Robert Waring Darwin, in 1845 (see Correspondence vol. 3). Claythorpe farm was owned by CD's sister Susan Elizabeth Darwin.