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Letter 6378

Darwin, C. R. to Higgins, Frederic

18 Sept 1868

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    Thanks correspondent for gift of game and sends remembrances to his father [John Higgins]. Would like to visit Alford and Beesby, but fears he will have neither time nor strength.

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Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Sep 18 1868

Dear Sir

I am very much obliged for your kind & handsome gift of game, which has arrived safely & has proved very acceptable.

Pray give my kind remembrances to your father who I hope keeps pretty well.

I should like very much to visit Alford & Beesby again, but I fear I shall never have spare time & strength

With our best thanks pray believe me dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin

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    The recipient is conjectured on the basis of CD's correspondence with John Higgins of Alford, Lincolnshire (see Correspondence vols. 3--8, 12). John Higgins was CD's land agent for his property in Lincolnshire. Frederic Higgins and his brother, also John Higgins, carried on their father's business as land agents (Post Office Directory of Lincolnshire 1892). The younger John could also have been the recipient of this letter. No recent letter from either of the Higgins sons has been found.
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    John Higgins (1795/6--1872).
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    CD had property in Beesby, Lincolnshire; the Higgins family resided in nearby Alford (see Correspondence vol. 3, letter from John Higgins, 15 March 1845).
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