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To John Higgins   2 August [1852]

Down Farnborough | Kent

Augt. 2d.

My dear Sir

I am really much obliged by your kind letter, but am sorry that I should have given you the trouble of writing it.

From what I had occasionally heard & seen in Print, & more especially from what I had heard from a distant connection, having considerable estates in Worscesterhire,1 I had thought that perhaps I could get some increase of Rent by lease. But what you say shows that leases are very unusual in lands under your care, & I confess I somehow quite forgot the very obvious (when recalled to one’s mind) importance of the probable effect on the currency by the wonderful Australian discoveries.2 This, I conceive, would be reason enough by itself against a long lease.

Again I beg to say that I am sorry that you shd. have had the trouble of writing & I remain My dear Sir | Your’s sincerely | C. Darwin


Edward Holland, lord of the manor of Dumbleton, Gloucestershire, was greatly interested in agriculture and owned large estates in Worcestershire.
CD refers to the effects of the Australian gold-rush. See also letter to W. D. Fox, 7 March [1852].


Discusses rent reduction and possibility of a lease.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Higgins
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Source of text
Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/2/6)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1485,” accessed on 28 November 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 5