Discusses his account.
Sends addresses [for subscribers to Zoology].
Down Bromley | Kent
I am obliged for your account, which I will settle, the first time I call.—
I pretty well satisfied with sale of Coral Volume, for I feel certain, every now & then copies will go off for many years to come—but whether quick enough to pay the 60£ with its interest, I am sure I do not know— When we can get the Zoology finished, the sale of that I hope, will help matters.
Do you know Editor of the Athenæum; I am surprised they have not noticed the Coral Volume.—
Please to send D
29 Alfred Place
Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin
- f1 659.f1CD and Smith, Elder & Co. had advanced an unspecified sum to cover the expenses of publishing Coral reefs; by this time it was clear that the government grant of £1000 would not cover even the costs of Zoology. See Freeman 1977, p. 26 and letter to A. Y. Spearman, 9 October 1843.
- f2 659.f2Charles Wentworth Dilke edited the Athenæum from 1830 to 1846. No notice of Coral reefs appeared in the Athenæum.
- f3 659.f3This refers to a number of Andrew Smith's Illustrations of the zoology of South Africa (A. Smith 1838–49), published by Smith, Elder & Co. which, when complete, came to five volumes.