To Smith, Elder & Company 14 January 
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
I have had on my file a little unpaid account ever since 1858.1 When I received it I asked you to be so good as to let me have account of any sales of my three Geological Books.—2 Will you be so kind as to let me now hear on this subject.—3 I presume a few copies will have been sold during the several years since I had an account.— When you see what sale there has been, you can, if you please, make me any offer for the stock in hand, & so finally settle accounts, as we did many years ago for the Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle.—4
Pray believe me | Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
Asks for account of sales of Geology of "Beagle". Willing to consider offer for remaining stock in order to close account.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Smith, Elder & Co.
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- National Library of Scotland (Ms.23181, ff.1-5 (S. E. & Co. work slip, ff.1-2, letter ff.3-4, address envelope f.5))
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3914,” accessed on 25 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3914