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To A. Y. Spearman   27 May 1839

12 Upper Gower St

May 27th.—


I have the honour to transmit as on former occasions, for the approval of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Treasury, the account of Mrss. Smith & Elder for the second and third numbers of the First Part of the “Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle”, both of which are now published.1

I beg leave to state, that as before I have examined the accounts, and superintended the expenditure of each part.—

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

Treasury Chambers.


Preserved with this letter are two accounts from Smith, Elder & Co., dated 1 March 1839 and 1 May 1839, detailing the various costs of Fossil Mammalia, Nos. 2 and 3. The total expenses were £57 16s. 11d. and £51 16s. 2d. respectively.


Presents the account of Smith, Elder & Co. for the now published second and third numbers of the first part of the Zoology.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Alexander Young Spearman
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4524 paper 25824)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 512A,” accessed on 28 January 2022,

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