To W. D. Fox 7 June 
Sunday. June 7th.
My dear Fox
You did not give me time in your last letter, in order to see about your commissions, then write to you & wait for an answer: accordingly I have been obliged to act to the best in my power, & the imperfections must be supplied next October: I booked & sent of per waggon, a portmanteau & deal box yesterday, containing I hope & trust every thing except your skins of birds & prints; Pulleine had left such imperfect directions with Aiken that we did not know yours from his: & we agreed that they had better be kept in my rooms till either Pulleine or you could see them: they are all safely packed up together with the ring Owzel: the other skins I have sent with the boxes (but one of the terns was too far gone). About the prints I thought they would go better some other time than with the boxes & tea chests.—
You will find all the Keys in the deal box, which I had well nailed up & corded: & now for money matters;1
£ s d. Clayton 2 " 7 " 82 Baker 2 " 3 Brett 10 " 6 Dos for plate " " 16 " —————
" 5 " 17 " 6 Paid for you for skins s & &c &c " " 15 " Debt. 2 "
£ 2 " 15
£ 5 " 17 " 6 —————
" 8 " 12 " 6
Accordingly I have paid for you altogether, 8£"12"6 & as you sent me 10£, I owe you, 1£"7"6, which I will pay you when I see you in the Summer I have got all the receipts safe in Cambridge:—
The man from whom you bought poor little Fan told me he saw the other day in Bedfordshire, in very good keep & a very great favourite under such circumstances, I thought it better to leave her where she was.—
So much for your affairs. I am afraid I have executed them imper〈fect〉ly but it is to the best of my power.—
And now for myself. I leave Cambridge tomorrow morning, for London—& on Tuesday I go to Shrewsbury, from thence I go into Wales with Mr. Hope to Entomologize. I will write to you again, whilst on our expedition: my success has been very splendid in the science, as you will say, when you next see my insects. I will write soon again. Yours affectionately | Chas. Darwin
Has shipped a portmanteau and box of WDF’s things. Lists bills paid from funds sent.
"My success has been very splendid in the science" [entomology].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 66,” accessed on 24 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-66