To Smith, Elder and Company 5 March 
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
I am much obliged for your letter & accounts.1 As I am sure that you would offer the full amount of what is fair, & as it will save all future accounts I will gladly accept the 5£, & you can at your convenience send me a cheque for that & balance of £11:s13. d1. Will you be so good as to send me a proper form of receipt, to which I will affix a stamp & my signature.—
Please remember that you have to deduct small enclosed account.—2
One of my Boys has the common passion for collecting Postage stamps:3 he tells me that you issue some peculiar kinds:4 I know not in the least what they are & perhaps they are for India5 (at least I have never met with them) & can only be sold in number; but if you have odd copies & could enclose one or two of each kind deducting amount from your cheque, I shd. be glad to please my Boy, but of course you must not think of this for a minute if in in anyway inconvenien〈t.〉
Pray believe me | Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
Accepts offer of £5 [for remaining stock of Geology of "Beagle"].
Orders postage stamps for son.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- Smith, Elder & Co
- Sent from
- Source of text
- National Library of Scotland (Ms.23181, ff.6-10 (S. E. & Co. work slip, ff.6-7, letter ff.8-9, address envelope f.10))
- Physical description