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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Thomas Salt   31 January [1853]

Down Farnborough Kent

Jan. 31st

My dear Sir

I am much obliged by your note received yesterday.1

If it lies in your power, I should be much obliged, if you could dispose of the £600 Shrewsbury St. mortgage for me in the course of the next month or two. It consists of two mortgages of 400£ & 200£, but I should not wish to dispose of either separately.2 If necessary I would pay the Transfer.

I will not forget to enquire, should I meet any likely persons, about the Curacy & House3

My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin

Mss. Salt & Son


Salt’s letter to CD has not been found.
Robert Waring Darwin had transferred two securities of £200 and £400 of the Trustees of the Shrewsbury Streets, who were responsible for the maintenance of the town’s roads to CD in 1835; CD transferred them to Robert Carden of Shrewsbury in March 1853 (Shrewsbury Archives, SA D3651/B/47/2/30). In his Investment book (Down House MS), pp. 1–2, CD noted that the capital was paid off on 28 March 1853.
The reference has not been identified.


Asks if Thomas Salt can dispose of the £600 Shrewsbury Street mortgage.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Thomas Salt
Source of text
Rachel Salt (private collection); sold by Spink’s (dealers), July 2018
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1499F,” accessed on 16 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24 (Supplement)