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To Mr Folthorp of Smith, Elder & Co.   [6 February 1840]1

12 Upper Gower St

Dear Sir

Being unwell yesterday, I did not read your note.— But I will make up for lost time as quickly as I can, by at once sending off the M.S.—2 Please not to let it go from you.—till you hear or see me— The enclosed will serve as a specimen.— I wish to know the cost per thousand, words —I providing Paper.—3

Yours truly | Chas. Darwin


Date inserted by Folthorp.
Possibly the manuscript of a part of the Zoology or of Coral reefs, which CD had been writing since October 1838, with many interruptions due to ill health.
On the recto of this letter is noted ‘Pages 1 to 40 given to Mr Herring’ and on the verso ‘Darwin with MS to copy’. CD’s Account Book (Down House MS) has an entry on 19 February 1840: ‘Mr Herring Poetry 2/6’. No other payment is listed in later entries, which suggests that the copyist was paid by Smith, Elder & Co., the publishers of the Zoology and Coral reefs.


Zoology: The zoology of the voyage of HMS Beagle, under the command of Captain FitzRoy RN, during the years 1832 to 1836. Edited and superintended by Charles Darwin. 5 pts. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1838–43.


Sends MS [of Coral reefs?] to be copied.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Smith, Elder & Co; Folthorp, Mr
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 553,” accessed on 30 September 2022,

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