To Susan Darwin [27 November 1844?]1
My dear Susan
I have to thank you for two business notes— I understand all about the money, & am much obliged for it.— it will just carry me through the half year.—
Thank, also, my Father for his medical advice— I have been very well since Friday, nearly as well, as during the first fortnight & am in heart again about the non-sugar plan.— I am trying the very bitter, weak, but thoroughly fermented Indian Ale, for luncheon & it suits me very well.—2
Our prize in the lottery, the China the Barberini vase, & wax releifs are all come & a very fine prize it is.—3
Poor Emma keeps very bad; I hope you will manage to stay more than one day.—4
Now for my main object in writing, viz to enclose Mr. Higgins5 very clear & sensible note (& I, likewise, enclose his former one.). I doubt whether Mr. Higgins’ information applies to the South of Kent, but, upon the whole I believe, I had better come into the Lincolnshire plan.— I keep quite of opinion, that it is very adviseable to have part of one’s property in land. Sir John Lubbock was paying a long call here yesterday, & I consulted him a bit: he tells me, that in all this part of Kent, land is most absurdly dear; but he was quite of opinion, that it was very wise to invest something in land. If my Father still approves, I will write to Mr Higgins to thank him for his note; & shall I, in my Father’s name, ask him to continue his look out & let my Father hear.— If the better one of the two estates, mentioned in his former note, remain unsold, perhaps it would do; & being within a few miles of Claythorpe, is an advantage, as, when you visit your estate you can rummage up my tenant.—6 How very grand we shall be, when we go arm & arm & astonish our tenants.—
Please return Mr: Higgins’ two notes.
Ever your’s | C. Darwin
Sends thanks for money.
Comments on treatment prescribed by his father.
Encloses notes by John Higgins with investment advice. Discusses advisability of investing in farmland in Lincolnshire. Cites advice of Sir John Lubbock concerning purchase of land.