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Darwin Correspondence Project

From W. E. Darwin   7 May 1881

Bank, Southampton,

May 7th 1881

My dear Father,

Things are very high for buyers now.1

I should think the following were quite safe

Dutch Government 4 per cents they pay at present price about 334 per cent, or Dutch Indian Ry Obligations (ie Railways in Java) guaranteed by Dutch government 412 till 1907 these pay about 414 per cent at present price; also I could name 2 or 3 first Mortgage Bonds in American Rys which will pay about 412 to 434 per cent.

If you do not care for any of these, perhaps it would be best to leave the American Bds. till they are paid off when things may be cheaper.2

Sara is very brisk, & I am going on well.3 | Your affect son | W. E Darwin

P.S. Also Danish Governt Bonds pay about 414 per cent


In the event, CD left $14,000 (about £3000) invested in United States Funded Loan shares (CD’s Investment book (Down House MS)).
Sara Darwin was William’s wife. On William’s health, see the letter to W. E. Darwin, 4 May [1881] and n. 1.


Discusses possible investments.

Letter details

Letter no.
William Erasmus Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 92)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13148F,” accessed on 22 September 2023,