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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. R. Martin   15 September 1871

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Sep 15. 1871


I am much obliged for yr letter of the 12th, recd yesterday.1 As you seem desirous that I shd become a shareholder in the Artizan’s Dwelling Co., & as the object seems an excellent one, I shall be happy to take ten shares; & I will send a cheque for £100 on receiving the proper documents.2

I return the enclosed letters; & wishing success to the Company in its benevolent purpose | I remain dear Sir | yours faithfully | Charles R. Darwin

J. Royle Martin Esq


The letter has not been found.
The Artizans, Labourers, and General Dwellings Company was founded in 1867 with the intention of building affordable housing for the working classes (Artizans’ & General Properties Company Ltd [1967], pp. 6–7). CD erroneously recorded the purchase of shares worth £100 on 12 September 1871 in his Investment book (Down House MS).


Buys ten shares in the Artizans, Labourers, & General Dwellings Co.

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Charles Robert Darwin
John Royle Martin
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American Philosophical Society (403)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7943,” accessed on 16 June 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19