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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John St Barbe1   [16 July 1862]2

– – (Cheque Book) Dear Sir

I enclose cheque   Mr Wight3 formerly was so good as to invest for me, as Treasurer of the Down Friendly Soc.4 sum of money with the Comm.. of National Debt— I hope, therefore that you will be so kind as to take the trouble to pay into B. of E … …, (as soon as enclosed cheque for 122 has been paid into my account) sum of … …—(figures & writing, with the Commission, in accordance with enclosed paper which must be transmitted to the Commission; & transmit me the Receipt of the Commission5

Hoping that you will grant this favour, I remain | Dear Sir, Yours faithfully, C. D.


John St Barbe was manager of the Charing Cross branch of the Union Bank of London. The recipient is identified by the reference to the former manager of the bank (see n. 3, below).
Dated by an entry in CD’s Account book–banking account (Down House MS), on 16 July 1862, recording a payment of £160 to the Bank of England ‘invested for Down Friendly Soc’.
Alexander Wight had been the manager of the Charing Cross branch of the Union Bank of London until 1860 (Banking almanac). CD had banked with the branch since 1853 (see Correspondence vol. 5, letter to John Higgins, 11 April [1853]).
CD had served as treasurer of the Down Friendly Society since its establishment in 1850 (see Correspondence vol. 4, letter to J. S. Henslow, 17 January [1850] and n. 6).
Neither the enclosure nor the receipt has been found.


Banking almanac: The banking almanac, directory, yearbook and diary. London: Richard Groombridge; Waterlow & Sons. 1845–1919.

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


Wants to invest some money, as Treasurer of the Down Friendly Society.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John St Barbe
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Source of text
DAR 96: 3r
Physical description
AdraftS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3360,” accessed on 19 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10