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Darwin Correspondence Project

From W. E. Darwin   25 January 1882

Bank, Southampton,

Jany 25th 1882

My dear Father,

I have just paid the total succession duty for you on the Lincoln Farm & No 6 Q. A. St £66.18.5. Will you please send me a cheque for the amount, as the Lawyers say it should be paid by you & not by the estate.1

Your affect son | W. E. Darwin


William was an executor of Erasmus Alvey Darwin’s will. CD had inherited the Lincoln property and the house on Queen Anne Street in London (see Correspondence vol. 29, letter to W. E. Darwin, 13 September [1881]). The lawyers handling the estate were Salt & Sons of Shrewsbury. A cheque for £66 18s. 5d. to ‘W. E. Darwin (Succession Duty, Invested)’ was recorded in CD’s Account books–banking account (Down House MS) on 26 January 1882.


Requests CD to sent a cheque for the succession duty on Erasmus Alvey Darwin’s estate.

Letter details

Letter no.
William Erasmus Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 107)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13645F,” accessed on 1 June 2023,