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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Smith, Elder & Co   30 October 1875

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Oct 30th 1875.

Dear Sir

I beg leave to acknowledge & thank you for 2£"8s"10d, being half Profits on sale of 2d. Edit of Coral Reefs up to June 30th.1

I have received this cheque with infinite satisfaction, for I have gone on fearing that the publication of the 2d. Edit, might have caused you actual loss.—2

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin

To | Messrs. Smith & Elder


An entry in CD’s Account books–banking account (Down House MS) for 23 November 1875 records the receipt of £2 8s. 10d. for Coral reefs 2d ed.; no earlier entry for the same amount has been found.
CD had approached Smith, Elder & Co to publish a new edition of Coral reefs, but worried that they might not want to undertake the risk of producing the edition (see Correspondence vol. 21, letter to Smith, Elder & Co, 17 December [1873]). Coral reefs 2d ed. was published in June 1874 (Publishers’ circular, 1 July 1874, p. 420).


Coral reefs 2d ed.: The structure and distribution of coral reefs. By Charles Darwin. Revised edition. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1874.

Coral reefs: The structure and distribution of coral reefs. Being the first part of the geology of the voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN, during the years 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1842.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Acknowledges receipt of £2 8s 10d for 2d edition of Coral reefs.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Smith, Elder & Co
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Source of text
Lehigh University Libraries Special Collections (Honeyman Collection)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10233,” accessed on 22 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23