To John Higgins 2 August 
Down Farnborough | Kent
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
Discusses rent reduction and possibility of a lease.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1485,” accessed on 12 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1485