Sends sheets of Origin [4th edition] for CD to correct [for 3d German edition?].
Still has 600 copies of Orchids, but deficit reduced to £30.
Undertakes to pay two-thirds of profits of the [fourth] edition of Origin as soon as one-half of the copies are sold.
50, Albemarle S
My Dear Sir
I have despatched by Book post today a copy of the ``Origin'' in sheets for correction The printer will guarantee a correct reprint of all that you send to press unaltered & will send you proofs of sheets in wch you make corrections—
I shall be happy to pay you two thirds of the profits of the Edition as soon as one half of the copies are sold—as you suggest
I can see no objection to your employing M
I have no doubt this work will be as interesting to the Public as it has been to you
I remain | My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray
I have still near 600 copies of the Book on Orchids on hand—but the
deficiency on it has been reduced to £30.—
Charles Darwin Esq
- f1 5417.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 22 February .
- f2 5417.f2In order to make revisions and corrections for the fourth edition, CD had requested a clean copy of Origin (see letter to John Murray, 22 February ).
- f3 5417.f3See letter to John Murray, 22 February .
- f4 5417.f4See letter to John Murray, 22 February . Murray made a copy of this sentence that survives in the Murray Archives (see Calendar no. 5017a).
- f5 5417.f5Murray refers to George Brettingham Sowerby Jr and Variation. See letter to John Murray, 22 February  and nn. 13 and 14.
- f6 5417.f6CD had raised the question of fixing a price with Sowerby in his letter to Murray of 22 February . Sowerby had nearly completed his illustrations for Variation in October 1866 (see letter to G. B. Sowerby Jr, 19 October ).
- f7 5417.f7There is a statement of Murray's account for Orchids in DAR 171.3: 524--5, annotated by CD: `Feb— 27— 1866. Still about 600 copies on Hand & 30£ deficient.—'