Sends instructions to Messrs Clowes concerning typesetting and printing of proof-sheets of Descent.
Down, Beckenham, Kent
I send all the M.S for my next book, except the last chapter, whichI retain for additions.—f1 All the woodcuts are in your hand exceptfor 2 of later chapters in Vol. 2; & I will hereafter send proofs of themwith proper page & Chapt. for insertion.—
The book is to be printed of same type & size as my Origin of Species;& I shd like the foot-notes numbered as in my Dom. Animals.f2
Please to send 2 Slips, printed on paper which is not bibulous.—f3The proofs of woodcuts in my M.S will serve, instead offresh proofs of woodcuts.
I shd esteem it a favour if you would not send me any slips, tillyou can send me about 2 sheets,f4 & till you feel sure that you can afterwardskeep me at full work, but I work slowly; for I am incapable of changing thenature of my work.—
I shall return home & be ready to begin correcting on Aug. 22d.;f5or if I shd be delayed a few days I would inform you in goodtime.—
Will you oblige me by a single line telling me, as nearly as youcan, when I may expect to receive slips in manner requested; so thatI may arrange my occupations.
I hope I shall not cause you much trouble. Dear Sir | Yours faithfully |Ch. Darwin
P.S. I shd like the Chapters to run continuously from I to XXII inthe two volumes.—
As far as subject is concerned Chapt XII wd be the best forbeginning vol. 2. & I think will be nearly equal. The last ChaptXXII (not sent) will be short; but the Index will be rather long.—
I fear Chapt XII may perhaps have to go in Vol I.; but you will beable to decide better, when the first volume is all printed.f6