Acknowledges receipt of draft. When does JH want the money for the new farmhouse? Bankers are Robarts, Curtis & Co. JH to pay them the rent directly.
Down Farnborough Kent
I write to acknowledge the draft for 190
I am very glad M
Will you be so good as to give me as long a notice as you conveniently can, when you want the money for the new Farm House, as my Father owing to some arrangements has been rather short of money this Spring, but I apprehend, very soon now all times will be equally convenient to him.—
My Bankers are M
I wish I could have the pleasure of seeing you this week, but I shall not be up in London.
Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin
P.S. | Do not forget the steeper pitch of roof in the new farm House & oak Lintels.
- f1 980.f1The date is based on an entry of that date in CD's Account Book (Down House MS).
- f2 980.f2The half-yearly rent for Beesby Farm, less Higgins' percentage as agent (CD's Investment Book (Down House MS), p. 20). For the purchase of the farm, see letters from John Higgins, 15 March 1845 and 2 October 1845.
- f3 980.f3Ralph Hardy, contractor, who pulled down the old farm buildings at Beesby (R. W. Darwin's Investment Book (Down House MS), p. 74).
- f4 980.f4CD had already borrowed £12,577 4s. from his father to purchase the farm (CD's Investment Book, p. 19). Robert Waring Darwin advanced an additional £1,026 0s. 2d. to cover the cost of farm buildings. See CD's Investment Book, p. 19, and R. W. Darwin's Investment Book, p. 74 (Down House MSS).