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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Smith, Elder & Co.   [14 January 1843]

Down near Bromley | Kent


Dear SIr

Will you be so good as to send me in your account.— You will have to allow me for the Woodcuts, which I paid myself.—

Mr Bells most unfortunate & long illness has delayed the last number of Reptiles—1 Just before he was taken ill, I saw most of the M.S. ready.—

When you next see Mr. Hinds will you be so good as to inform him of this delay, as he wished to know, when next number wd appear.—

I am very glad Mr. Hinds is going to publish with you.—2

Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin

P.S. I shd like to know amount of sale of the Coral Volume


Reptiles appeared in two numbers in August 1842 and October 1843.
Richard Brinsley Hinds. The publication referred to is Hinds, ed. 1844.


Hinds, Richard Brinsley, ed. 1844. The zoology of the voyage of HMS Sulphur, under the command of Captain Sir Edward Belcher … during the years 1836–42. 2 vols. London.

Reptiles: Reptiles. Pt 5 of The zoology of the voyage of HMS Beagle. By Thomas Bell. Edited and superintended by Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1843.


Asks for account.

Discusses delay of Reptiles by Thomas Bell. Asks them to inform R. B. Hinds of delay.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Smith, Elder & Co
Sent from
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 658,” accessed on 26 February 2024,

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