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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-553

To Mr Folthorp of Smith, Elder & Co.  [6 February 1840]1

12 Upper Gower St

Dear Sir

Being unwell yesterday, I did not read your note.— But I will make up for lost time as quickly as I can, by at once sending off the M.S.—2 Please not to let it go from you.—till you hear or see me— The enclosed will serve as a specimen.— I wish to know the cost per thousand, words —I providing Paper.—3

Yours truly | Chas. Darwin

Footnotes

1
Date inserted by Folthorp.
2
Possibly the manuscript of a part of the Zoology or of Coral reefs, which CD had been writing since October 1838, with many interruptions due to ill health.
3
On the recto of this letter is noted ‘Pages 1 to 40 given to Mr Herring’ and on the verso ‘Darwin with MS to copy’. CD’s Account Book (Down House MS) has an entry on 19 February 1840: ‘Mr Herring Poetry 2/6’. No other payment is listed in later entries, which suggests that the copyist was paid by Smith, Elder & Co., the publishers of the Zoology and Coral reefs.

Summary

Sends MS [of Coral reefs?] to be copied.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-553
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Smith, Elder & Co.; Folthorp, Mr
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (B/D25.288)
Physical description
1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 553,” accessed on 25 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-553

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