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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. E. Darwin   23 [February 1872 – October 1874]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.


My dear W.

Langton is so good a judge on all Ry affairs that I shd. think you had better follow his advice.2 I hold about the same quantity but am inclined not to sell. Tell me hereafter for what you sell, & how it is to be done & whether you advise it, & I will then determine what to do.

Generally I stick to the rule to keep to whatever I have once gone into.

your affect | C. Darwin


The date range is established by the printed stationery, with the address in the centre; CD used this type of notepaper from January 1872 until 17 November 1874. It is unlikely to have been written in January 1872 because of the lack of relationship between this letter and the letter to W. E. Darwin, 23 January [1872].
Charles Langton evidently advised William on the sale of shares in a railway company that has not been identified.


Asks for investment advice.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Erasmus Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 210.6: 132
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13800,” accessed on 4 June 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20