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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Higgins   12 December [1846]

Down Farnborough Kent

Dec 12th

My dear Sir

I am much obliged for your note & the draft of £185 ’ s 13 ’ d 1, which I beg to acknowledge.1

I am very glad to hear so excellent an account of the Farm House; & I should much like to see it next summer.

You proposed last half year to pay the Rent direct into my Bankers Mrs Robarts & Curtis & I should greatly prefer this plan & shd be much obliged if for the future you would endeavour so to arrange it—

Believe me dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin

My Father has been ill, but he is now, thank God, greatly better; he has had much suffering.—


The half-yearly rent for Beesby farm, CD’s Lincolnshire property, with deductions for Higgins’ commission and a £5 contribution to Beesby school. See CD’s Account Book (Down House MS) entries for 9 and 12 December 1846.


Thanks JH for draft. Glad to hear account of farmhouse.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Higgins
Sent from
Source of text
Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/2)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1037,” accessed on 23 May 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 3