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Darwin Correspondence Project

From John Lubbock    2 April 1874

15 Lombard Street EC.

2 April 1874.


Dear Mr. Darwin,

I find that I can sell the piece of land you wish for, & shall be happy to do so if you are still desirous to have it.1

My agent writes me that he estimates the value at £300

Believe me, | Yours very truly | John Lubbock.

C. Darwin Esq.


Town Hall, Bromley, Kent.

April 1st 1874

Dear Sir John,

We have been over your property at Down; adjoining Mr. Darwin’s meadows and now in his occupation, and consider it to be worth, Three Hundred Pounds (£300.0.0)

We are | Yours Obediently | Baxter & Payne2

Sir John Lubbock Bart M.P. | 15 Lombard Street | E.C.


See letter from John Lubbock, 27 February 1874. CD wanted to buy a piece of land that he had been renting from Lubbock.
Baxter & Payne were auctioneers with premises at 157 Fenchurch Street, London (Post Office London directory 1875).


Post Office London directory: Post-Office annual directory. … A list of the principal merchants, traders of eminence, &c. in the cities of London and Westminster, the borough of Southwark, and parts adjacent … general and special information relating to the Post Office. Post Office London directory. London: His Majesty’s Postmaster-General [and others]. 1802–1967.


Is willing to sell the land CD wants for £300.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Lubbock, 4th baronet and 1st Baron Avebury
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Lombard St, 15
Source of text
DAR 198: 127
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9385F,” accessed on 28 November 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22