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Letter 5099

Murray, John (b) to Darwin, C. R.

25 May [1866]

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    Printing [of 4th edition of Origin] nearly complete. Will print 1000 copies which, at present rate of sale, may last three to five years.


50A., Albemarle St. | W.

May 25

My Dear Sir

The printing of the new Edition of your work on Species is now nearly completed—& I write to inform you that I have directed that the Edition shall be limited to 1000 copies. Calculating, as far as I can upon the recent demand for the work that number may last from 3 to 5 years. I hope this will be agreeable to you.

I rejoice to hear so good an account of your improved health & am only sorry I had no opportunity of bearing witness to it myself—having missed seeing you at the Rl. Society Soirée & elsewhere— I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray

Chas Darwin Esq

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    f1 5099.f1
    The year is established by the references to the fourth edition of Origin and to the Royal Society of London soirée (see nn. 2 and 3, below).
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    f2 5099.f2
    Murray printed 1500 copies of the fourth edition of Origin (Peckham ed. 1959, p. 776); it was published in November 1866 (Publishers' Circular 1866). See also letter from John Murray, 30 May [1866].
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    CD attended a reception at the Royal Society on 28 April 1866 (Emma Darwin's diary (DAR 242)). See letter from J. D. Hooker, 13 May 1866 and n. 3.
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    CD's annotations were made for his letter to John Murray, 28 May [1866].
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