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To John Higgins   10 December [1849]

Down Farnborough Kent

Dec. 10th.

Dear Sir

I am much obliged for your letter & enclosures of the 8th informing me that 224’16 5 has been placed to my account at Robarts & Co. I am very sorry to hear of the gloomy prospects of the Farmers & of the chance of reduced rents.—1

Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin J. Higgins


In addition to the continuing debates over the financial consequences of the repeal of the corn laws, CD may possibly be referring to the extensive floods in various parts of the country in December, including Lincolnshire where CD had his farm. Much damage was done to agricultural land (Annual register 1849, Chronicle, p. 173).


Annual register: The annual register. A view of the history and politics of the year. 1838–62. The annual register. A review of public events at home and abroad. N.s. 1863–1946. London: Longman & Co. [and others].


Discusses his accounts.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Higgins
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Source of text
Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/29)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1279,” accessed on 18 September 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 4