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To A. Y. Spearman   16 January 1840

12 Upper Gower St

Jan 16th. 1840


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 and Elder for the first number of the Fourth Part of the “Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle” which is now published.—1 I beg leave to state, that as before I have examined the account and superintended the expenditure of each part.—

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

&c &c &c

Treasury Chambers.


Preserved with this letter is an account from Smith, Elder & Co., dated 1 January 1840, detailing the various costs of Fish, No. 1. The total expense was £43 12s. 10d.


Presents the Smith, Elder & Co. account for the first number of the fourth part (now published) 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. 550A,” accessed on 25 January 2022,

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