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From E. A. Darwin   [26? February 1880]1

Of course Mr. Salt2 knows where the money is to go, but I confess I don’t




February 25th. 1880.

My dear Sir—

I have this morning received a letter saying that the inclosed Road bonds will be paid off on Saturday next.— I shall be much obliged if you will sign the receipt on each across the stamp where your initials are, & then forward them by the next post to Mr. Charles Darwin that he may sign & return them to me by the following post.—3 The notice they have given me is so short that there is only just time to do it.— Please forward this letter with them to Mr. Charles Darwin as it will explain the reason for the hurry.— I enclose a stamped envelope for transmission of the papers to him, & another in which he can return them to me.—

I am, respectfully, | Your obliged & faithful servt. | Geo. M. Salt.

E. A. Darwin Esqre

P.S. The composition is better than I expected, most of the roads paying much less.—


The date is conjectured from the date of the enclosure.
George Moultrie Salt was the Darwin family’s solicitor in Shrewsbury.
The enclosures have not been found. No record of road bonds has been identified in CD’s Investment book (Down House MS). ‘Saturday next’ was 28 February 1880.


Wishes EAD to sign some road bonds and then forward them to CD so that they may be paid off. [EAD note to CD enclosed, saying he does not know where the money will go.]

Letter details

Letter no.
George Moultrie Salt
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 177: 9
Physical description
ALS 2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12500,” accessed on 21 September 2023,