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Darwin Correspondence Project

From W. E. Darwin   23 March 1882

Bank, Southampton,

March 23 1882

My dear Father,

at last I have received your G. Western Dividend £177.9.6 and have paid it over to the Union Bank.1

What exciting news about old Leonard2

We are expecting letters from Mother as Leonard’s note was a very official notice so we are in a state of suspense as to how much we can rejoice over it.

Goodbye dear Father It will be so pleasan⁠⟨⁠t⁠⟩⁠ if you can come here next week | Your affect son | W E. Darwin

G. West div was at 714 per cent


In his Account books–banking account (Down House MS) on 24 March 1882, CD recorded the receipt of £177 9s. 6d. under the heading ‘Gt. Western R. at 7 1/4 ordinary stock’. CD’s bank was the Union Bank, Charing Cross Branch, London.
Leonard Darwin had written to his mother to announce his engagement to Elizabeth Frances Fraser (letter from Leonard Darwin to Emma Darwin, [March 1882]; DAR 239.1: 5.1).


News of Great Western Railway dividend; discussion of Leonard Darwin’s ‘exciting news’.

Letter details

Letter no.
William Erasmus Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 111)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13734F,” accessed on 13 July 2024,