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To Frederick Ransome   [6 February 1866]1


My dr Sir

I have been ill for a long time & have therefore not commun with you— Last Spring (in hope of forming a new Coy) you asked for delay in paying me the £100, which you promised as a final settlement of the loan of £250. I hope you are now prepared to pay it & finally settle the affair—2 I trust the Companies is more prosperous than when you last wrote & I beg leave to remain


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Frederick Ransome, 7 February 1866.
CD had purchased shares in Ransome’s Patent Siliceous Stone Company in 1852, and had subsequently made several loans to Ransome; in March 1864, CD received a promissory note from Ransome for £100 (CD’s Investment book (Down House MS)). In 1865, Ransome started another company, the Patent Concrete Stone Company, and asked CD to extend his loan another year. See Correspondence vol. 13, letters from Frederick Ransome, 6 March 1865 and 9 March 1865.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Requests repayment of loan as FR promised last spring.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Frederick Ransome
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Source of text
DAR 96: 13
Physical description
ADraft 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5148,” accessed on 6 October 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 14