To John Higgins 10 September 
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
I shall be very glad to oblige Mr Mason: I certainly do not want to sell, but please to tell him with my compliments that if he prefers buying to taking a lease of it, the bit of land is at his service.1 I have myself been similarly circumstanced & disappointed & therefore am all the gladder to oblige Mr Mason.2 As you remark, I expect not to be put to any expence.—
I had intended before rent-time asking you a trifling question: I observe that the Banker charges 9s for remitting the money on a 3 weeks draft. Now I am so ignorant of money matters that I do not know what risk there is in drafts being sent by Post: are they often forged; for if so, paying 9s would be worth it as an insurance. Otherwise I gruudge wasting 18s per annum. Can Drafts be scored to a Banker, like cheques, that would make them essentially quite safe?
When at your leisure, will you be so kind, as to tell me what is best. & believe me my dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. R. Darwin. To J. Higgins Esqe
Agrees to lease land to Mr Mason. Discusses arrangements for bank draft.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1117,” accessed on 5 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1117