CD is well content with sale of 768 copies [of Orchids]. Hopes and expects remainder will ultimately be sold.
[HAND] 1. Carlton Terrace | Southampton
My dear Sir
I enclose a cheque for your account, which please return to above address.
I do not know what you think, but I am well contented with the sale of
768 copies; I sh
Pray believe me | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
You will have to charge me for the 2 or 3 electrotypes sent to America. Has M. Scheweizerbart of Stuttgard paid you the 10£ for the cuts for German Edition? this sum, I presume, will be in excess of actual cost.—
- f1 3699.f1CD, Emma, and Leonard Darwin were staying with William Erasmus Darwin in Southampton (see `Journal' (Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix II)).
- f2 3699.f2In his Account book--cash accounts (Down House MS), CD recorded a payment of £17 16s. to Murray on 24 August 1862, marking the entry `J Murray Orchid Book'. The sum probably represents the cost of some or all of the presentation copies of Orchids, charged at a reduced price (see letter to Asa Gray, 9 August  and n. 4). For CD's presentation list for Orchids, see Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix IV.
- f3 3699.f3The first edition of 1500 copies of Orchids was published on 15 May 1862 (see Freeman 1977, p. 112, and letter to John Murray, 9 April ); CD had been concerned that the book might not sell (see letter to John Murray, 9 [February 1862]).
- f4 3699.f4CD had arranged for Murray to send electrotype plates of three of the illustrations from Orchids for reproduction in Asa Gray's review of the book in the American Journal of Science and Arts (A. Gray 1862a; see letters to John Murray, 13 June  and 20 [June 1862]).
- f5 3699.f5CD had arranged for Christian Friedrich Schweizerbart, head of the publishing company E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, to purchase from Murray electrotype plates of the illustrations for the German translation of Orchids (Bronn trans. 1862); see letter to John Murray, 13 June .