From R. F. Cooke 20 November 1872
50A, Albemarle Street, London, W.
Nov 20 1872
My dear Sir
We are in a precious quondary with these Heliotype Plates for yr new work.
At present I dont know what we are to do. We have advertised the work for Tuesday next & we have 7000 Books & only 3000 sets of Plates.1
It is impossible to make even a partial delivery with so small a number, we shd. satisfy no one & dissatisfy hundreds.
Daily & hourly do we communicate with the Manager & I enclose his letter of yesterday afternoon.2 I need not say, that we did not & have not received the promised 500.!!!
I have just returned from the office & find out now the real truth, there has been & is a conspiracy or a strike at the Works & they have been obliged to dismiss & not able to replace competent men.
The Manager still tells me that he feels almost sure we shall get the 500 today & he hopes 1000 tomorrow & all the rest the day following, but as this is what has been told me for the last week I have no confidence in the result.
The nuisance is great & the fact of the book having been reviewed so long before publication is annoying to the public & may be prejudicial to the work.
We have supplied all the foreign markets & have not taken care of ourselves.3
Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke
C. Darwin Esq
Quandary caused by Heliotype Company’s failure to deliver enough plates for Expression because of a strike. Murray’s now has 7000 books and only 3000 sets of plates.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8637,” accessed on 22 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8637