Arrangements for the American edition of Origin.
Feb. 20, 1860
My Dear Darwin,
I got this to-day. I send Appletons, now, the sheets of ed. 2, & your additions appended in their places. I promised the Historical Preface next week, and I put it in their hands— trusting to their promise of 5 percent and to their honor for more if they are not molested by reprinters, which we shall keep off.
The offer of check for £50—(which I might send to Mrs. Darwin for pin-money, since you scorn it) tempts me,—but I think it wiser to wait and hope for more.
I mailed you a clean copy of my Review. I have sent it to Agassiz. He is childishly apt to be offended at any opposition, but I have, as you see been very careful to avoid all cause of personal offence.
Ever, Dear Darwin, | Yours cordially | Asa Gray
New York Feb 17/60 Dear Sir
Yr favor of 15
You are under a mistake in supposing that new matter unpublished in England secures a
copyright in this country if written by M
We proposed to ourselves to pay 5% on retail price as suggested in yr letter as there
is no reason why a work without any legal rights, sh
We regret very much there is no protection to the foreign author, think it a
monstrous shame, but we are obliged to take things as they actually exist—
We are quite willing if it w
We remain | Very respectfully | D. Appleton & Co
- f1 2706.f1See enclosure.
- f2 2706.f2See letter to Asa Gray, 1 February  and enclosure.
- f3 2706.f3Gray apparently had not yet received CD's letter of [8 or 9 February 1860], in which CD had enclosed the historical preface and a few more corrections for the new American edition of Origin.
- f4 2706.f4See letter to Asa Gray, 28 January .
- f5 2706.f5Gray's review of Origin ([Gray] 1860a) contrasted CD's theory of species change with Louis Agassiz's views on the multiple creation of species.
- f6 2706.f6The `revised and augmented' American edition of Origin included many corrections and additions that were later incorporated into the third English edition, published in 1861.