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To John Higgins   18 March [1854]

Down Farnborough Kent

March 18th

My dear Sir

As this note requires no sort of answer, I send it to say that on considering “ways & means”, I shd. be sorry to hear of a Farm at above, fifteen-thousand pounds; & one, like my present one, at 12, or 13, or 14 thousand would suit me very well.—

The money from Ld. Powis1 will, I hear, be paid up on 1st of July; but it can very well lie a little in the Bank until you can hear of something which you can recommend.—

My dear Sir | Your’s very faithfully | C. Darwin J. Higgins Esqe


Edward James Herbert, Earl of Powis, had borrowed £13,000 from CD in November 1849, a continuation of the loan extended to Herbert by Robert Waring Darwin. According to CD’s Investment book (Down House MS), the capital was repaid on 1 July 1854.


Discusses price of a farm.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Higgins
Sent from
Source of text
Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/75)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1560,” accessed on 15 July 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5