CD is grateful to CL for his help in arranging with Murray for publication [of Origin]. Sorry Murray objects to term "abstract" in title, but will defer to him and CL.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Lyell
You have been uncommonly kind in all you have done.— You not only have saved me much trouble & some anxiety, but have done all, incomparably better than I could have done it— I am much pleased at all you say about Murray.— I will write either today or tomorrow to him & will send shortly a large bundle of M.S. but unfortunately I cannot for a week, as the three first chapters are in three copyists' hands—
I am sorry about Murray objecting to term abstract as I look at it as only possible apology for not giving References & facts in full.—but I will defer to him & you.—
I am, also, sorry about term “Natural Selection”, but I hope to retain it with Explanation, somewhat as thus,— “Through Natural Selection or the preserv-ation of favoured races”
Why I like term is that it is constantly used in all works on Breeding, & I am surprised that it is not familiar to Murray; but I have so long studied such works, that I have ceased to be a competent judge.
I again most truly & cordially thank you for your really valuable assistance.—
Yours most truly | C. Darwin
Emma comes up to London for 2 or 3 days on Friday & she
proposes to come & breakfast with Lady Lyell & you on Saturday morning:
I have told her 9
- f1 2439.f1See letter to Charles Lyell, 28 March .
- f2 2439.f2Entries in CD's Account book (Down House MS) for 6 and 9 April 1859 indicate that CD paid Mr Fletcher and John Mumford for copying. The third copyist was presumably Ebenezer Norman.
- f3 2439.f3The full title of the first edition of Origin reads: ‘On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life’.
- f4 2439.f4See Young 1985 and Secord 1985.
- f5 2439.f5Emma Darwin recorded in her diary that she went to London with Henrietta Emma Darwin on1 April 1859 and returned to Down on 4 April. On 3 April she ‘lunched with Lyells’.