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Darwin Correspondence Project

From E. A. Darwin   3 March 1867

3 March 1867

Dear Charles

I am not quite sure that this is not a duplicate & perhaps the other is within my will— It is only to tell you that I promised Mark that you would continue the payment of the £20 per annum after my death. The house I give him rent free—1

yours | Eras Darwin

C R Darwin Esq

Payable 1st May & Nov


Mark Briggs had been the Darwin family coachman at The Mount, Shrewsbury (Correspondence vol. 1). He lived with the family until Susan Elizabeth Darwin’s death in October 1866, after which he lived in a cottage near The Mount (Emma Darwin (1904) 2: 13).


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

Emma Darwin (1904): Emma Darwin, wife of Charles Darwin. A century of family letters. Edited by Henrietta Litchfield. 2 vols. Cambridge: privately printed by Cambridge University Press. 1904.


He has promised Mark [coachman to R. W. Darwin and Susan] that CD will continue the payment of £20 a year after EAD’s death; the house is rent free.

Letter details

Letter no.
Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 105: B57–8
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5428,” accessed on 7 June 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15