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Letter 5869

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

12 Feb [1868]

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    CD's letter encourages Murray to proceed with a new edition of Variation; corrections will cost £176.

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    First notice has appeared in Pall Mall Gazette [7 (1868): 555].


50A, Albemarle St. | W.

Feby 12

My Dear Sir

Your letter of Feby 9 encourages me to push on the new Edition of the Variation— You shall, as a matter of course, have some presentation copies.

In answer to your enquiry, I may tell you that the corrections on the 1st Edition amounted to £176.—

I have written to Mr Dallas assuring him of your approval of the Index & enclosing him a cheque for 30 Guineas, wch as Indices go, is handsome pay—

You will have seen, I dare say the first notice of you in the Pall Mall Gaz. of Monday— it is written in no unfriendly spirit  As an opening criticism it may be taken as a good augury of the probable reception of the work. Meanwhile the public are very eager for it

I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray

Chas Darwin Esq

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    f1 5869.f1
    The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 9 February [1868].
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    f2 5869.f2
    See letter to John Murray, 9 February [1868].
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    f3 5869.f3
    For CD's presentation list for the second printing of Variation, see Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix IV.
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    See letter to John Murray, 9 February [1868] and n. 5.
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    William Sweetland Dallas had prepared the index for Variation. See letter from W. S. Dallas, 11 February 1868.
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    f6 5869.f6
    The first part of a three-part review of Variation appeared in the Pall Mall Gazette for 10 February 1868 ([Lewes] 1868a). See letter to J. D. Hooker, 10 February [1868] and n. 3.
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