To Smith, Elder & Company1 [16 February 1849]2
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 shd be glad to have this & I cd deduct any thing in my favour (if there have been any sales at all) from your account & so save yourself & myself trouble.—3
I shd like to know what number (if any) of copies of the Coral & the Volcanic volume have been sold—though I have nothing to do with the accounts on those two volumes: I ask this out of mere curiosity—
Hoping that you will excuse this trouble | Believe me | dear Sir | Yours faithfully | C. Darwin
Asks for account on South America and sales of Coral reefs and Volcanic islands.