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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Smith, Elder and Company1   9 March 1863

[65 Cornhill, London]

9 March 1863

In reply to yr. favor of the 5th. inst we beg to hand you cheque for 16.13.1 being the Acct due to you after adding £5 for the purchase of stock on hand of yr. two works—viz 99 copies of Volcanic Islands & 76 copies of South America, & we also enclose a form of receipts for your signature agreeably with yr request—2

In reference to the postage stamps used by ourselves, we beg to say that they are not usually sold to the public, but we have much pleasure in requesting your son’s acceptance of the enclosed set, as an addition to his collection.3


The text of the letter is taken from a contemporary copy made by the company. A note on the copy records that the letter was assigned to ‘Mr. Wooldridge’; this individual has not been further identified.
See letter from Smith, Elder and Company, 3 March 1863. The references are to Volcanic islands and South America. CD recorded receipt of the cheque in his Account book–banking accounts on 14 March 1863.
See letter to Smith, Elder and Company, 5 March [1863] and n. 4. The reference is to Leonard Darwin.


Cheque for books, stamps for CD’s son.

Letter details

Letter no.
Smith, Elder & Co
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (MS 23181: 6v)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4032,” accessed on 25 August 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11