To John Higgins 14 June 
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
Your letter of the 8th has been forwarded to me from Shrewsbury for my decision.— I am obliged to you for your kindness in sending this information, though very doubtful of taking advantage of it.— No doubt it would be pleasanter and advantageous in having it immediately under your eye to have all the land together, but I am not inclined to waste even a pound in rent to obtain it.— It appears to me extremely unlikely that you could sell Sutterton1 to such advantage, that the money thus laid out again in land, including every sort of expence in the purchase & sale, would realise the same rent. There would, moreover, be some trouble & loss in borrowing money for the purchase, for the chances would be greatly against our selling Sutterton at the exactly proper time.
Nevertheless I have no wish to keep Sutterton, & supposing (extremely improbable as it appears to me) that you felt confident you could arrange the sale & purchase & all its expences, in such a manner that I should certainly lose none of my income, I should of course be greatly obliged to you. I have written thus explicitly that you may exactly understand my feelings.
Pray again accept my thanks & believe me | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin To | John Higgins Esqr
Discusses possible land transactions.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1185,” accessed on 29 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1185