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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-2702

To Smith, Elder, and Company?1   17 February [1860]

Down Bromley Kent

Feb. 17th

Dear Sir

I am infinitely obliged to you for so kindly offering to ship the Box with ear-trumpet & pay the charges for me thereon.— I will give as little trouble as possible.—   I have paid the maker (W. Harrowin)1 & told him to put Trumpet in a Box & address it to

Mr Syms Covington2 Post-Office Pambala Twofold Bay Australia

To be left at your house.—

I thank you sincerely for aiding me in this little act of charity for the poor man writes to me that he cannot get Ear-trumpet which will suit him in Australia.—3

I will write to him & say that the Box will be sent by the next P. & O. Steamer after Feb. 20th, for the Box will not be in time for 20th

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully & much obliged | Charles Darwin

Footnotes

1
The maker has not been identified. There is an entry dated 3 February 1860 in CD’s Account book (Down House MS) that reads: ‘Ear-trumpet. 13s . 6d’.
2
Covington was CD’s servant and assistant during the Beagle voyage and for some years afterwards. In 1842 he had emigrated to Australia (see Correspondence vol. 2).
3
Covington’s letter has not been found. In a previous letter, he asked CD to send him a book on curing deafness. See Correspondence vol. 7, letter to Syms Covington, 16 January [1859].

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2702
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Smith, Elder & Co.
Sent from
Down
Physical description
2pp

Summary

Arranges to send ear-trumpet to Syms Covington.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2702,” accessed on 14 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2702

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