Second issue [of Variation] is ready.
Murray thinks that the Athenæum review was written by J. E. Gray [see 5931].
My Dear Sir
I expect the Printer's work on the 2
I read the Review of you in the Athenæum— It strikes me
you may be indebted to M
I remain | My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray
Chas Darwin Esq
- f1 5923.f1The year is established by the reference to the second printing of Variation.
- f2 5923.f2After the initial print-run of Variation had sold out, Murray and CD had agreed to issue a second printing with a few additions and corrections (see letter to John Murray, 9 February , and letter from John Murray, 12 February ).
- f3 5923.f3For CD's presentation list for the first and second printings of Variation, see Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix IV. Robert Swinhoe was acting consul in Amoy (now Xiamen), China. His name appears on CD's presentation list for the first printing.
- f4 5923.f4A critical review of Variation was published in the Athenæum ([Robertson] 1868a). Murray refers to John Edward Gray. See letter to J. E. Gray, 17 February  and n. 4.