Would welcome American edition of Origin.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Gray
I have just received your most kind, long & valuable letter.— I will write again in a few days, for I am at present unwell
& much pressed with business.— To day's note is merely
personal. I sh
In great haste & with hearty thanks. | Yours' very sincerely | C. Darwin
I will write soon again
- f1 2592.f1Gray's letter has not been found, but see letter from J. D. Hooker, [20 December 1859]. CD sent Gray a copy of Origin in November 1859 (letter to Asa Gray, 11 November ).
- f2 2592.f2Given that the United States did not recognise foreign copyright, Gray had offered to negotiate on CD's behalf with a Boston publisher, Ticknor and Fields, for an authorised American edition of Origin (see letter to John Murray, 22 December . He soon learned, however, that two New York publishing firms were already planning to publish the work, one of which, D. Appleton and Company, did so in mid-January 1860. See Dupree 1959, pp. 270–2, and Freeman 1977, p. 85.
- f3 2592.f3The Appleton edition of Origin was taken from the uncorrected first English edition (Freeman 1977, p. 83).