Agrees that new title of Variation is an improvement. Now thinks 1500 copies a safe number to print.
My Dear Sir
I am enclined to think, with you, that the new Title of your work is an improvement & I propose to adopt it in future.
I have been giving much consideration to the question of the number to be printed & have altered my mind on this point. I do not think there will be any eventual loss if I print 1500 Copies & I propose with your assent to go to press with that number.—
Of course this—like all other publishing undertakings is a lottery—but the Scientific must study your book & the unlearned will dip into it & pick out portions at least suited to interest them— This I gather from the proof sheets you shall certainly have the sets of fair sheets. please instruct Clowes to that effect
At least if your old German publisher will have nothing to say to you, I can assure you of another candidate at Jena, who tells me he is ready to adventure
I am | My Dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | John Murray
Charles Darwin Esq
- f1 5448.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 18 March .
- f2 5448.f2See letter to John Murray, 18 March  and n. 1.
- f3 5448.f3Murray had initially proposed printing only 750 copies (see letter from John Murray, 28 January ).
- f4 5448.f4CD had asked for proof-sheets for the German and Russian translations of Variation. Murray refers to the printers William Clowes & Sons.
- f5 5448.f5No letter concerning Variation from a German publisher other than E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung has been found in the John Murray Archive (Virginia Murray, archivist).