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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Josiah Wedgwood III   31 July 1844


Wednesday | July 31st. 44

Dear Jos

I write merely to acknowledge the order for £48"4s"8d & to thank you.—

It sounds very dangerous the 5 000£ being deposited without any security, but if you like to keep this note as security, I here engage to give to you full indemnification.1

Ever yours | Charles R. Darwin


The £5000 referred to was part of a £20,000 sum made over to Robert Waring Darwin by CD and Emma Darwin; the £20,000 formed the basis of a mortgage loan to Edward Herbert, second earl of Powis (R. W. Darwin’s Investment book (Down House MS), pp. 57, 70). See Correspondence vol. 3, letter to Josiah Wedgwood III and E. A. Darwin, 25 July 1844. The other transaction has not been identified.


Acknowledges receipt of the order for £48 4s. 8d., and offers full indemnity for the £5,000 deposited without security.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Josiah Wedgwood, III
Sent from
Source of text
Alan Wedgwood (private collection)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 767F,” accessed on 7 June 2023,

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