JM offers a note for 400 guineas as author's payment on sale of 1250 copies of 2d issue of Variation.
My Dear Sir
On making up the accounts of expences incurred in the Second Edition of your ``Animals & Plants'' Under Domestication''— I find that the sale of 1250 copies, of wch the Edition consists, will enable me to offer you for it, the sum of Four Hundred Guineas, by note at 4 months from the day of publication.
It is right to tell you that in this calculation I have added to the
expences of the 2
I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray
Charles Darwin Esq
- f1 5972.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 24 February .
- f2 5972.f2Murray refers to the second printing of the first edition of Variation; the initial print run of 1500 copies was sold within a month (see letter from John Murray, 6 February ). Although the title pages of the two printings are identical, several corrections and additions were incorporated into the second printing (see Freeman 1967, pp. 122--3). CD recorded a payment of £420 from Murray on 1 July 1868 in his Account books--banking account (Down House MS).