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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Francis Darwin   5 December [1870]1


Dec. 5th

My dear Frank

I send a cheque for £50 which will clear all the bills mentioned by you.2 From what you say in your last note, I feel sure that you will be more careful for the future & watch the money as it ouzes out. Altogether it is a rather heavy sum; but I know you & trust you as a good dear affectionate son.—

Ever yours | C. Darwin


The year is established by a reference in CD’s Classed account books (Down House MS) dated 5 December 1870 to a payment to Francis of £50.


Sends a cheque to clear FD’s debts. Hopes he will be more careful in the future.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Francis Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 211: 4
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7021,” accessed on 30 September 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18