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Darwin Correspondence Project

To A. Y. Spearman   9 October 1843

Down near Bromley | Kent

October 9th— 1843


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 number of the Fifth Part of the “Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle” which is now published & which completes the Work.1 The expenditure of each part has been, as before, under my superintendence & the accounts have been examined by me.— I beg permission to express my grateful thanks to the Lords Commissioner for the assistance they have been pleased to render in the publication of this Work, & I have the honour to remain Sir | Your obliged & obedt. servant | Charles Darwin To the | Secretary of the Treasury


Preserved with this letter is an account from Smith, Elder & Co., dated 14 October 1843, detailing the various costs of Reptiles, No. 2. The total expense was £62 7s. 3d., but only £40 4s. 5d. was claimed since the final balance of £1000 had been reached. It seems that Smith, Elder & Co. had forward-dated their account by 5 days. CD’s letter with the account was registered by the Treasury on 10 October 1843 (endorsement on cover) and was read on 17 October (note on cover).


The work of the Zoology is now completed. The Smith, Elder & Co. account for the second number of part five is presented. CD expresses his "grateful thanks" to the Lords Commissioners.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Alexander Young Spearman, 1st baronet
Sent from
Source of text
The National Archives (TNA) (T1/4861 paper 21128)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 702A,” accessed on 27 September 2023,

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