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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Josiah Wedgwood III and E. A. Darwin1   25 July 1844


We hereby request you to pay the sum of five thousand pounds now in your hands, being trust-money under our marriage-settlement, to Thos: Salt Esq:2 for the disposal of Dr Darwin.3

Charles Robert Darwin

Emma Darwin July 25th 1844

I hereby notify my assent to the above Arrangement

E. A. Darwin.


The trustees of the marriage settlement of CD and Emma.
Of the Shrewsbury law firm of Dukes and Salt.
The money was part of a £20,000 sum, made over to Robert Waring Darwin by CD and Emma, which formed the basis of a mortgage loan to Edward Herbert, 2d Earl of Powis, negotiated on 14 November 1844 (R. W. Darwin’s Investment Book (Down House MS), pp. 57, 70).


Requests to JW III and EAD as trustees of the marriage-settlement, to make some funds available.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Josiah Wedgwood, III; Erasmus Alvey Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
V&A / Wedgwood Collection (MS W/M 1012)
Physical description
ADS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 766,” accessed on 1 June 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 3