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Letter 5255

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

25 Oct [1866]

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    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].


50A Albemarle St. | W.

Oct 25

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 Edn. as proposed— if not agreed to we must trust to a certain demand for single copies from the US

Had I contemplated sending away 250 copies, I wd have printed more than 1250 for this Editn

My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray

I thank you for your kind & considerate letter of Oct 20

Ch Darwin Esq

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    f1 5255.f1
    The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 23 October [1866].
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    f2 5255.f2
    Murray 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 [1866] and n. 2).
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    f3 5255.f3
    According to the publisher's ledger, 1500 copies of the fourth edition of Origin were printed (see Peckham ed. 1959, p. 776).
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    f4 5255.f4
    No letter from CD bearing this date has been found.
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