Has been consulting with John Murray about the possibility of publishing AG's three Atlantic Monthly articles [see 2910] as a pamphlet, but has been strongly advised against it.
15 Marine Parade | Eastbourne
My dear Gray
We are in much distress as my poor girl has just had relapse, but is rallying again.— To save you labour in vain, I write hurriedly to say that Lyell, like a good & kind man, has been consulting with Murray about publishing your Reviews as pamphlet; but they say, though it is against their rule to publish pamplets they would break it though this time) that they do not advise it. That it would be absolutely necessary to spend more in advertisement than the cost of publication; but that this would not suffice, that in short, they are well convinced that it is impossible to get a pamphlet circulated. They say they will do it ``but it will be a dead loss''. Under these circumstances it would be no use to attempt it. I am much vexed.— Lyell personally concurs with Murray's view.—
Lyell has highest opinion of the ``talent & science'' shown in these 3 Reviews— In short agrees quite with me & he cannot well go further. He adds ``it would be well worth while if a little Book could be got up by Asa Gray for the theological part is so admirable & would surely have many readers''.—
I now hope Annals of Nat. Hist will put in 2
I have no idea whether Sat. R. will insert dialogue.—
God Bless you | C. Darwin
- f1 2961.f1Henrietta Emma Darwin fell ill on 21 October (Emma Darwin's diary).
- f2 2961.f2See letter to Asa Gray, 19 October .
- f3 2961.f3The letter from Charles Lyell has not been found. Gray's review ([Gray] 1860b) was eventually published privately in 1861 as a separate pamphlet. See Correspondence vol. 9.
- f4 2961.f4See letter to Asa Gray, 19 October  and n. 4.
- f5 2961.f5CD refers to another article by Gray ([Gray] 1860c) written in the form of a dialogue about Origin. In the hope of having it reprinted in England, CD had sent it to the Saturday Review. See letter to Asa Gray, 26 September .