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To G.S. Ffinden   9 December 1878

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Dec. 9th 1878

Dear Mr Ffinden

I have the pleasure to enclose a cheque for 5.5.0 for the Downe Coal Club.—1

Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The Downe Coal and Clothing Club was a local charity that supplied parishioners with cheap coal and clothes in exchange for regular savings; CD served as treasurer from 1848 to 1869 (see Correspondence vol. 4, letter to John Innes, [8 May 1848] and n. 2). Ffinden was the vicar of Down; he ran the Coal and Clothing Club (J. R. Moore 1985, p. 470). On 9 December 1878, CD recorded a payment of £5 5s. under the heading ‘Ffinden’ in his Account books–banking account (Down House MS).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Moore, James Richard. 1985. Darwin of Down: the evolutionist as squarson-naturalist. In The Darwinian heritage, edited by David Kohn. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press in association with Nova Pacifica (Wellington, NZ).


Encloses a cheque for £5.5.0 for the Down Coal and Clothing Club.

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Charles Robert Darwin
George Sketchley Ffinden
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John Wilson (dealer), Catalogue 64 (1988)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11782A,” accessed on 18 September 2021,