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From E. A. Darwin, Charles Darwin, and W. E. Darwin to Thomas Salt   12 April 1864

6 Queen Anne Street | Cavendish Square | London

April 12 | 1864

Dear Sir

We authorize and request you as Agent for Mr. Childe to inform him of our wish to have the principal sum of twenty five thousand pounds now a charge on his Estates and about to be paid off, paid to the account in our joint names at the London & Westminster Bank Lothbury; and to pay all interest due upon the above principal to the account of the Revd Charles Langton at the same Bank.1

E A Darwin | Ch. R. Darwin | W. E. Darwin

Thomas Salt Esqre | Belmont | Shrewsbury


William Lacon Childe of Kinlet Hall in Shropshire had borrowed £60,000 from CD’s father, Robert Waring Darwin (Shropshire Archives, SA D3651/B/47/1/1/1/1/6). Robert Waring Darwin’s children had inherited the loans. Charles Langton was married to CD’s sister, Emily Catherine. Lothbury is a street in the City of London.


Instructions concerning the payment of the principal and interest of the mortgage to Mr Childe.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4460F,” accessed on 21 June 2024,

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