Asks for account on South America and sales of Coral reefs and Volcanic islands.
Down Farnborough | Kent
With my private account you have hitherto generally let me have the account of the
Geology of S. America, the sales of which (minus your commission) go to my
favour.— If not inconvenient I sh
Hoping that you will excuse this trouble | Believe me | dear Sir | Yours faithfully | C. Darwin
- f1 1217.f1Publishers of CD's volumes on the zoology and geology of the Beagle voyage (Zoology, Coral reefs, Volcanic islands, and South America ).
- f2 1217.f2Dated from the endorsement and the broad mourning border of the stationery used by CD in 1849.
- f3 1217.f3CD had received a government grant to cover the costs of publishing his Beagle results, which was expended before the completion of South America (1846). He therefore contributed towards the cost of publication. CD purchased stationery from Smith, Elder & Company and presumably offset any royalties due to him from South America against their account. On 25 February 1849 he paid them £6 13s. 3d. (CD's Account Book, Down House MS).