CD asks how soon JM will go to press with Journal [of researches]; thinks he had better look it over to see if progress of science has made any correction necessary.
P.S. Asa Gray has written that Origin has caused great excitement in U. S. Agassiz has denounced it.
57. Queen St. Cavendish Sqe
My dear Sir
Will you be so kind as to inform me in note addressed to Down how soon you intend going to press with my Journal; as I think I had better look over it, & see whether progress of science makes any corrections necessary.
I shall be very glad to escape labour of correcting press, & if
It would be great advantage to have outline map of S. part of
S. America, such as was published by Colburn in his 1
My dear Sir | In Haste | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
Let me hear how many copies of Journal sold altogether.
P.S.I have just received letter from Prof. Asa Gray, who says the U. States in
a few days ``will be flooded'' with my Book. He says it was
too late to make any arrangement; that the sheets ought to have been sent him of
It will be worth while to remember & send over sheets of my larger work.— I am amused by Asa Gray's account of the excitement my Book has made amonst Naturalists in U. States. Agassiz has denounced it in Newspaper, but yet in such terms that it is in fact a fine advertisement!—
Yours most sincerely | C. Darwin
N.B | I have forgotten the object of my note to say that at date of
A. Grays letter he had not received remainder of sheets of the
- f1 2632.f1The date is given by the reference to the publication of Origin in the United States and by CD's stay in London from Tuesday, 24 January, to Friday, 27 January 1860 (Emma Darwin's diary). The address is that of CD's brother Erasmus Alvey Darwin, with whom CD usually stayed when in London.
- f2 2632.f2It seems likely that CD had met Murray earlier in the day, as arranged in the preceding letter, and discussed a new edition of CD's Journal of researches. Murray published the second edition in 1845 (see Correspondence vol. 3) and had issued several reprints since then, including a so-called `new edition' in 1852 (see Freeman 1977, pp. 39--40).
- f3 2632.f3William Clowes and Co. were the printers generally employed by John Murray. They printed Journal of researches 2d ed. and Origin.
- f4 2632.f4The first edition of Journal of researches was published in 1839 by Henry Colburn. For CD's unsatisfactory relations with Colburn at that time and in 1845, when he began negotiations with Murray, see Correspondence vols. 2 and 3. Murray did not include a map in the second edition (see Correspondence vol. 3, letter to John Murray, [31 May 1845], and Freeman 1977, p. 39).
- f5 2632.f5Letter from Asa Gray, [10 January 1860]. The part of the letter to which CD refers is now missing.
- f6 2632.f6CD had asked Murray to send Gray the proof-sheets of the second edition of Origin in December 1859 (see Correspondence vol. 7, letter to John Murray, 22 December ).
- f7 2632.f7See letter to Asa Gray, 1 February . CD had not yet received the letter from Asa Gray, 23 January 1860.
- f8 2632.f8See letter from Asa Gray, [10 January 1860] and n. 3.