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From A. P. Fletcher   14 March 1874

The Northern Assurance Company, | No. 1, Moorgate Street, London, | E.C.

14th. March 1874

C. R. Darwin Esq. | Down, Kent.


Mr. Charles Pearson, having applied to be appointed an Agent of this Company at Down and having referred us to you for any information we might require respecting his qualifications for such an Agency, I should feel much obliged by your stating how far you consider him eligible for such an appointment, and whether, from your knowledge of his character and circumstances, you think that the Directors would be justified in according him their full confidence.1

I need hardly add that your reply will be treated as strictly confidential.

I am, | Sir, | Your obedient Servant, | A P Fletcher | General Manager


Charles Pearson was schoolmaster of the Down national school. The Northern Assurance Company, renamed from the North of Scotland Fire and Life Assurance Company in 1848, had been established in Aberdeen in 1836; it had offices at 1 Moorgate Street in London by 1846 ( (accessed 9 May 2013)).


Asks for a reference for Charles Pearson, who has applied to be appointed an agent for the Company.

Letter details

Letter no.
Alexander Pearson Fletcher
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Moorgate St, 1
Source of text
DAR 97: C54v
Physical description
LS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9361,” accessed on 19 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22