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To A. Y. Spearman   18 August 1838

36 Great Marlborough St

August 18th. 1838


In pursuance of your directions in your letter of Feby. 23d. 1838, and in accordance with the plan of expenditure, which met (Octbr. 11th. 1837) the approval of the Lords Comm: of Her Majesty’s Treasury, I enclose the accounts for Noo 1 of Part II and Noo 1 of Part III, of the “Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle”, which have both been published.—1 I beg leave to state, that as on the former occasion, I have superintended every expense, & the terms agreed on with the artists. I presume, if the account meets with their Lordships approval, Mrrs. Smith and Elder may as before, wait on Mr Sarjent2 at the Treasury Chambers for payment.

I have the honor to remain | Sir | Your obedient and obliged servant | Charles Darwin To | A. Y. Spearman Esqr

Treasury Chambers.


Preserved with this letter are two accounts from Smith, Elder & Co., dated 18 May 1838 and 4 July 1838, detailing the various costs of Mammalia, No. 1 and Birds, No. 1. The total expenses were £39 6s. 9d. and £45 3s. 2d., respectively.
William Sargent.


Birds: Pt 3 of The zoology of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle. By John Gould. Edited and superintended by Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder and Co. 1839–41.


Notification of submission of Smith, Elder & Co. accounts (enclosed) for first numbers of part II and part III of the Zoology, which are now published.

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

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 424A,” accessed on 4 July 2020,

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