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Darwin Correspondence Project

From D. T. Ansted   23 April 1863

Athenæum Club

23 April 1863

My dear Darwin

I have only this day (on arriving in town) received your most kind note and enclosure of the Bond.1 All I can say in reply is that whatever I can at any time obtain for the 250£ worth of shares shall be immediately paid over to you and that I will take care that if this should happen after my death you shall not be a loser.2 I wish most sincerely that I could do more

I feel that you have acted throughout in the kindest & most friendly manner and as I should myself have desired to act under similar circumstances   May you be rewarded—

I am sincerely sorry to hear that you are not well. I trust it is not serious or likely to be tedious.

Always yours most truly | D. T. Ansted.


The letter to Ansted has not been found. Beginning in 1852, CD invested in and made bonded loans to a company owned by Ansted and Frederick Ransome that had since failed. See CD memorandum, 14 February 1863, letter to D. T. Ansted, 15 April 1863, and letter from D. T. Ansted, 17 April 1863.
In CD’s Investment book (Down House MS), the last entry concerning Ansted and the Patent Siliceous Stone Company was dated May 1863: ‘I have cancelled Ansted [after ‘R’ del] Bond on understanding that if he can ever sell the shares, he will repay me’.


Is very grateful for CD’s note and return of the bond for £250; promises to repay CD any profits made from those shares, even in the event of DTA’s death.

Is sorry to hear CD is ill.

Letter details

Letter no.
David Thomas Ansted
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Athenaeum Club
Source of text
DAR 159: 76
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4123,” accessed on 15 August 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11