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To A. Y. Spearman   4 February 1839

12 Upper Gower Stt.

February 4th. 1839


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 Mrs. Smith and Elder for the 3d number of Part II, and the 2d number of Part III of the “Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle”, which are now published.1

I beg leave to state, that as before I have examined the account, & superintended the expenditure of each part.

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

Treasury Chambers.


Preserved with this letter are two accounts from Smith, Elder & Co., dated 1 November 1838 and 1 January 1839, detailing the various costs of Mammalia, No. 3 and Birds, No. 2. The total expenses were £36 1s. 0d. and £45 4s. 5d., respectively.


Submits the account of Smith, Elder & Co. for the third number of part two and second number of part three 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. 494A,” accessed on 26 October 2021,

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