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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Robert FitzRoy   30 December 1836

Bromham | Bedford

30. Decr. /36

Dear Darwin

While in London a few days since I consulted Mr. Broderip about Capt King’s Journal. He recommended a joint publication such as is sketched in the accompanying paper One volume might be for King—another for you—and a third for me. The profits if any, to be divided into three equal portions—

What think you of such a plan?—

Shall I accept the offer of Mr. Colburn or wait and talk the matter over with you when we meet? I shall be in London and remain there after the 15th of January.

I told Mr. Colburn I should give him an answer in January.

My Wife and I are snowed up at Bromham—my sister’s place.— Pray return the proposed agreement under cover to my brother in law Hon G. R. Trevor—at this place.

Where are you? and where are you going to be? I shall send this letter to your brother—as the surest direction.

I wish you a happy Christmas my good Philos.—

Ever sincerely | your friend | Robt. FitzRoy

My wife though personally unacquainted desires her kindest wishes for your happiness—


RF has consulted W. J. Broderip, who recommended a joint three-volume publication of Captain King’s journal, FitzRoy’s, and CD’s, with profits divided by three. What does CD think of such a plan? RF promised Colburn an answer in January.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert FitzRoy
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Bromham, Bedford
Source of text
DAR 204: 136
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 337,” accessed on 27 February 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 1