Thanks WS for a document [see 379]. Promises to send MS and woodcuts before night. Discusses details of printing and correction. Thanks WS and Henry Colburn for assistance.
[36 Great Marlborough Street]
I am obliged to you for sending the document.— Which I think I had full right to demand, although I do not at all suppose it would ever have been wanted. I am sorry I should have been the cause of so much trouble and I trust it will be the last time.—
Before night I will send you the whole of my M.S. with the woodcuts.—
The Chapters & everything are complete.—
I will write to the Printer myself, about where to send the slips. M
I shall go down on Monday to “Shrewsbury”
- f1 380.f1The document was an agreement Henry Colburn had made with Robert FitzRoy concerning the separate publication of CD's Journal and remarks. A copy in CD's hand, which he sent to John Murray in 1845 when arranging for publication of the second edition of Journal of researches, reads as follows:
London Sept. 22 d 1837 This is to certify that after the completion of the sale of the first edition of the Voyages of Capt(John Murray Archive) s King, & FitzRoy and M r Darwin, M rDarwin is to be at liberty to publish his own Journal in any manner he pleases, separately from the general narrative, but this permission is not to prevent Capt s King & FitzRoy from continuing to unite it [interl] with their own Journals in subsequent editions of the general work Henry Colburn
In his letter to Murray, CD states that the agreement was made without consulting him (see Correspondence vol. 3, letter to John Murray, [10 April 1845]). By the time the Narrative was published in May 1839, Colburn had apparently decided that CD's volume would sell well if published separately as well as in conjunction with the Narrative and brought it out with a new title in August 1839 (The Publishers' Circular of 2 September 1839, p. 267 and Freeman 1977, p. 34).
- f2 380.f2CD travelled to Shrewsbury on Monday, 25 September (‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 2, Appendix II).