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Letter 7298

Darwin, C. R. to Dorrell, – & Clowes, William & Sons

9 Aug 1870


Sends instructions to Messrs Clowes concerning typesetting and printing of proof-sheets of Descent.


Down, Beckenham, Kent

Aug 9th./70/

Dear Sir

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

The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of Englishand American Literature, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox andTilden Foundations



CD refers to Descent.
Descent was printed with the same type and was the same size asOrigin 5th ed. (see R. B. Freeman 1977). As in Variation, the footnoteswere sequentially numbered in each chapter.
Slips: unpaged proofs. Bibulous: absorbent.
A sheet is equivalent to sixteen pages.
CD visited Southampton from 13 to 26 August 1870 (see ‘Journal’(Appendix II)).
The printed version of Descent had continuous numbering ofchapters over the two volumes and the second volume began with chapter12.
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