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DCP-LETT-1326

To John Higgins   9 May [1850]

Down Farnborough Kent

May 9th

My dear Sir

From what you say I must accord my consent to your proposition of a reduction of Rent of 15 per cent for the past half-year & can only hope the present depressed times will not last.1

Prices I understand, have been as low before under Protection,2 & in France at present they are very low, so that I see no cause whatever to despair. I suppose Mr Hardy3 is an active man & does not content himself with merely complaining about the altered laws.—

I hope that he has nothing of any kind to complain of.

We must hope for better times4

I remain | dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin

Footnotes

1
British farmers and landowners were finding it difficult to adjust their operations to the reduced prices of corn and other crops; their dissatisfaction was loudly expressed in Parliament and at public meetings during the first few months of 1850 (Annual Register 1850, History, p. 2). Some wished a return to protectionism, others a remission of taxes on the landowner.
2
The repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846 had led to a decline in prices. Early in 1849 the duty on foreign cereal imports was also abolished.
3
Francis Hardy, CD’s tenant.
4
CD’s income from the farm remained at the reduced rate during 1850, 1851, and 1852 (see letter to John Higgins, 13 December [1850], and Correspondence vol. 5, letters to John Higgins, 7 June 1851 and 19 June [1852]).

Summary

Agrees to reduce rent on farm because of bad times.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1326
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Higgins, John
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Lincolnshire Record Office
Physical description
3pp

Subject

Places

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1326,” accessed on 27 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1326

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