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Letter 7331

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

29 Sept [1870]

Summary

CD did not promise Appleton stereotypes of text [of Descent]; only of cuts.

Wishes to know which passage JM thought “coarse”. Remembers only a quotation from John Hunter on courtship of female being required “to give her desires” [Descent 1: 273]. He fancied a quotation rendered the sentence less coarse.

Transcription

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Sept. 29th.

My dear Sir

Many thanks for all your assistance & for the cheque for10£“10s . 9df2

I did not promise Mess. Appleton stereotypes of text,only of cuts.—f3 If you could manage to let me hear (& you will havehereafter to determine) what to charge for the 62 cliches, I shdlike to hear soon & inform my correspondents, so that there mayno disappointment hereafter.—

I shd. be particularly glad to hear what passage you thought coarse:I cannot remember any except a quotation from Hunter aboutthe female requiring to be courted “to give her desires” or somesuch words.f4 I somehow fancied that a quotation rendered the sentence less coarse;I felt it was so, & I hope it is almost the only one. How to alterit I do not yet see; but please, if you can, inform me which sentenceit is that you object to

My dear Sir | Your’s very faithfully | Ch. Darwin

To | J Murray Esqre

National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive)(Ms. 42152 ff. 212–13)

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Footnotes

f1
The year is established by the relationship between this letter andthe letter from John Murray, 28 September [1870].
f2
See letter from John Murray, 28 September [1870] and n. 5.
f3
See letter from John Murray, 28 September [1870] and n. 4.
f4
See letter from John Murray, 28 September [1870] and n. 7. CDquotes John Hunter’s observation that the female generally ‘requiresto be courted’ in Descent 1: 273; see also Descent 2: 295–6.
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