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DCP-LETT-1485

To John Higgins   2 August [1852]

Down Farnborough | Kent

Augt 2d

My dear Sir

I am really much obliged by your kind letter, but am sorry that I should have given you the trouble of writing it.

From what I had occasionally heard & seen in Print, & more especially from what I had heard from a distant connection, having considerable estates in Worscesterhire,1 I had thought that perhaps I could get some increase of Rent by lease. But what you say shows that leases are very unusual in lands under your care, & I confess I somehow quite forgot the very obvious (when recalled to one’s mind) importance of the probable effect on the currency by the wonderful Australian discoveries.2 This, I conceive, would be reason enough by itself against a long lease.

Again I beg to say that I am sorry that you shd have had the trouble of writing & I remain My dear Sir | Your’s sincerely | C. Darwin

Footnotes

1
Edward Holland, lord of the manor of Dumbleton, Gloucestershire, was greatly interested in agriculture and owned large estates in Worcestershire.
2
CD refers to the effects of the Australian gold-rush. See also letter to W. D. Fox, 7 March [1852].

Summary

Discusses rent reduction and possibility of a lease.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-1485
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Higgins, John
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Lincolnshire Record Office
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1485,” accessed on 30 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1485

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