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Letter 2477

Darwin, C. R. to Murray, John (b)

25 [July 1859]

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    Sends five sheets [of Origin] to printer. Incapable of forming an opinion, but thinks he has the style "fairly good and clear". Cannot conjecture if book will be successful enough to satisfy JM.


Down Bromley Kent [Moor Park]


My dear Sir

I write to say that 5 sheets are returned to Printers ready to strike off & two more sheets require only a revise; so that I presume you will soon have to decide what number of copies to print off—

I am quite incapa- of forming any opinion.— I think I have got the style fairly good & clear with infinite trouble. But whether the Book will be successful to a degree to satisfy you, I really cannot conjecture. I heartily hope it may.—

My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

I am writing this at Moor Park Hydropathic establishment whither I have had to retreat for a week's strength, but I return home tomorrow.

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    f1 2477.f1
    Dated by CD's reference to being at Moor Park hydropathic establishment (see n. 3, below).
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    f2 2477.f2
    CD did not finish the word on the next page.
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    f3 2477.f3
    CD visited Moor Park from 19 to 26 July 1859 (‘Journal’; Appendix II).
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