On the strength of CD's details about his work on species and his knowledge of CD's former publications, JM offers to publish [Origin] without seeing the MS.
Apl. 1. 1859
My dear Sir,
I hasten to thank you for your obliging letter of yesterday & for the
interesting details regarding your work on Species contained in it.— On the
strength of this information & my knowledge of your former publications, I can have no hesitation in swerving from my usual routine
& in stating at once even without seeing the MS. that I shall be most happy to
publish it for you on the same terms as those on which I publish for Sir Charles
Lyell—viz—I will print an edition fixing the number of copies with
your concurrence, according to what shall appear to me (on perusal of a part, at least,
of the work) to be adviseable—& before publication, as soon as I can
ascertain the cost of its production I will make you an offer amounting as nearly as I
can ascertain to
Yours very faithfully | (signed) John Murray.
Charles Darwin Esq
- f1 2443.f1For CD's earlier correspondence with John Murray concerning the publication of Journal of researches 2d ed., see Correspondence vol. 3. For CD's other publications before April 1859, see Freeman 1977.
- f2 2443.f2The copyist inserted crosses in the places where the final text of the letter was to contain precise dates and figures. In the absence of the letter, there is no evidence to indicate what details were inserted.