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To A. Y. Spearman   16 February 1838

36 Great Marlborough St

February 16th.—1838—


In accordance with the plan proposed in the documents accompanying my letter September 20th 1837, which received (October 11th) the entire approval of the Lords Commissioner of Her Majesty’s Treasury, I beg leave to enclose the account of Mrss. Smith and Elder1 for the first part of the work, entitled “The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S Beagle”, which is now published, and of which a copy has been forwarded to the Rt. Hon. the Chancellor of the Exchequer. I have myself superintended every expense and the terms agreed on with the different artists, and I trust the account will meet with the approval of their Lordships; in this case, might I beg, Sir, you would have the kindness to communicate to me, according to what form Mrss. Smith and Elder ought to draw on the Treasury.—

With the most respectful expression of thankfulness to their Lordships, for the great assistance, it has pleased them to render me in the completion of the above work, to which I have devoted several years of my life.—

I have the honour to remain | Sir— | Your obliged Servant | Charles Darwin

To | A. Y. Spearman Esqre Treasury Chambers


Preserved with this letter is an account from Smith, Elder & Co., dated 15 February 1838, detailing the various costs of Fossil Mammalia, No. 1. The total expense was £68 10s. 10d.


Encloses the account of Smith, Elder & Co. for the first part of "The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle" [Fossil Mammalia].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Alexander Young Spearman
Sent from
London, Gt Marlborough St, 36
Source of text
The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4524 paper 25824)
Physical description
2pp encl

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 402A,” accessed on 14 July 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2