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To W. E. Darwin   20 May [1881]1


May 20th

My dear W.

I am much disturbed in my mind what best to do with the £3000, the value of my U. States Funded Loan.— I have so much in Railways that these, I think, had better be avoided.—2 I see in newspaper that a million $ Bonds have been offered to the States to be renewed at the 312 per cent. interest; & does this not show that in the States this is thought a fair offer for a good security?3

Please settle for me, if I retain the Bonds at this interest, I believe that notice shd. be given (I suppose through the U. Bank)4 immediately.—

If I allow the Bonds to be paid off, then you will have to advise me hereafter about some accrued investment—in August, I think.—

Pray settle what I had better do. & let me hear. | your affect Father | C. Darwin

Idleness tempts me to accept the 312. Bonds.


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from W. E. Darwin, 7 May 1881.
William had suggested a number of possible investments in his letter of 7 May 1881. CD had been forced to sell some of his investment in United States Funded Loan shares (see letter to W. E. Darwin, 4 May [1881]).
See letter from W. E. Darwin, 7 May 1881 and n. 2. The newspaper announcement has not been identified.
CD’s bank was the Union Bank, Charing Cross Branch, London (see Correspondence vol. 5, letter to John Higgins, 11 April [1853]).


Discusses his investments.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Erasmus Darwin
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Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.590)
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ALS 2pp

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13167,” accessed on 10 June 2023,