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From R. M. Rolfe   20 November 1867

40 Upper Brook St

20 Nov 1867

My dear Mr Darwin

I send you my Cheque for the Downe Charities of which you are so good as to be the Guardian—1

I suppose this is the proper time for the payment, inasmuch as I have just received the enclosed unsigned receipt but you will know how to deal with the matter properly2

Yours very truly | Cranworth


Rolfe was a regular subscriber to the Down Friendly Club and the Down Coal and Clothing Club, of which CD was treasurer (Freeman 1978; see also Correspondence vol. 14, letter from Harriet Lubbock, [April? 1866], n. 4). CD recorded a contribution of £2 2s. from Rolfe in 1867 in his Down Coal and Clothing Club account book (Down House MS).
The enclosure has not been found.


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

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1978. Charles Darwin: a companion. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.


Sends cheque for Down charities.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Monsey Rolfe, 1st Baron Cranworth of Cranworth
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Upper Brook St, 40
Source of text
DAR 161: 236
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5688,” accessed on 20 January 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15