Under circumstances [reluctance of Ticknor & Fields to compete with Appleton], best course is to offer Appleton the 250 copies [of 4th English edition of Origin].
My Dear Sir
Under the circumstances considering Mess. T & F's position the best course for
me to pursue perhaps is to ask D Appletons Co. agent here if he is willing to
take the 250 copies new Ed
Had I contemplated sending away 250 copies, I w
My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray
I thank you for your kind & considerate letter of Oct 20
Ch Darwin Esq
- f1 5255.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 23 October .
- f2 5255.f2Murray refers to the American publishing firms Ticknor & Fields and D. Appleton & Co. CD had conveyed Asa Gray's advice that Murray send copies of the fourth edition of Origin for the American market (see letter to John Murray, 23 October  and n. 2).
- f3 5255.f3According to the publisher's ledger, 1500 copies of the fourth edition of Origin were printed (see Peckham ed. 1959, p. 776).
- f4 5255.f4No letter from CD bearing this date has been found.