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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Thomas Salt   24 December 1851

Down Farnborough Kent

Decr. 24th. | 1851.

My dear Sir

Will you be so good, as to give notice to the Executor of the late Captn. Muckleston1, that I wish to receive the 1000£ lent to him on mortgage, to be paid after the proper interval has expired, or sooner should it happen to be convenient to the Executor. The 1000£ was lent under the names of my Trustees Mr. J. Wedgwood & my Brother.2 Mr. Wedgwood will append his signature to this note to show his concurrence in my request.

I beg to remain | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. R. Darwin

Josiah Wedgwood

Mss. Salt & Son.


Lieutenant Edward Muckleston died in June 1851. According to CD’s Investment book (Down House MS), p. 31, his executor was his son, the Reverend Edward Muckleston.
Josiah Wedgwood III and Erasmus Alvey Darwin were Emma Darwin’s trustees. According to CD’s Investment book, on 24 June 1845, Muckleston was lent £1000 from Emma’s trust for five years; the money was not repaid until 1854. See also Correspondence vol. 5, letter to Josiah Wedgwood III, 1 May [1854], and this volume, Supplement, letter to Thomas Salt, 12 July [1854]


Asking Thomas Salt to inform the Executors of Captain Muckleston that he wishes to foreclose the mortgage.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Salt
Source of text
Rachel Salt (private collection); sold by Spink’s (dealers), July 2018
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1465F,” accessed on 18 January 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24 (Supplement)