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Letter 5384

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

31 Jan [1867]

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    Is convinced his chapter on man [for Variation] will excite plenty of attention and abuse, which he supposes is as good as praise for selling a book.


Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Jan 31st

My dear Sir

Many thanks. After all I now find, on account of my servant & Horses, I cannot send till Saturday for the M.S. & then my servant can bring all & I will, as soon as it is marked, send all to Mess. Clowes in Stamford St—

I feel a full conviction that my Chapter on man will excite attention & plenty of abuse & I suppose abuse is as good as praise for selling a Book.—

Yours sincerely | C. Darwin

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    f1 5384.f1
    The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 30 January [1867].
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    f2 5384.f2
    See letter from John Murray, 30 January [1867]. CD refers to the printer William Clowes & Sons.
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    f3 5384.f3
    CD had been writing an additional chapter on humans for Variation that was not included in the manuscript he had sent to Murray (see letter to John Murray, 27 January [1867] and n. 2). Material in the chapter was ultimately used in Descent and Expression.
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