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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Josiah Wedgwood III   1 December [1850]


Dec. 1st

Dear Jos.

Thanks for money placed to Robarts.

Will you read Mr Salts letters

No I. To this I answered that Emma’s money had all long ago been invested, but that I had no sort of objection to Railway shares to the amount of £5000 being transferred to me; if the advantage was equal to expence of transference.1

To my letter, then comes Nor 2. which please read: I hope to Heaven that Mr. Salt is mistaken; it wd. be a very serious loss to have to sell all Emma’s Railway & Canal Shares. As you will have to see Mr. Salt, I thought it better to advertise you beforehand.— Please either keep for your own use, or return to me Mr. Salt’s letters. I believe expence of transference (When shares not sold), of Railway shares is small, & in that case it wd. certainly be better if Leeds & Bradford, & Monmouth Canal were transferred to me: it wd, moreover, save you Trustee’s trouble.—

As you will be away from Home for a month & as perhaps I might sell Leeds & Bradford (if transferred to me) wd. you kindly take them with you & leave them under charge of Eras., as your Co-trustee.—

Yours affect | C. Darwin

In case Mr. Salt is right in his view of the Trust, I hope you will consult with him, whether there is anyway of avoiding our being compelled to sell out all our Railway shares.


Discusses share dealings and investment matters.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Josiah Wedgwood, III
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Source of text
DAR 210.10: 15
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1373,” accessed on 28 November 2021,

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