Thanks for note. Believes agreement with Henry Colburn does not cover 2d ed. of Journal of researches. Regrets Murray's Colonial Library series will require one-fifth reduction of text; will consult Lyell on how to reduce scientific part. Prefers that JM consult with Colburn, but in case he declines, encloses draft of letter he would send to Colburn. Anticipates co-operation of Colburn, as he has paid CD nothing for 1st ed. of Journal.
Down near Bromley | Kent
I am very much obliged for your note. I have always understood the agreement with
My only objection to the Colonial Library is the great requisite reduction; I presume
you have calculated that not more than 15 must be reduced; though I am
doubtful, whether when every fifth page is struck out, it will be possible to keep its
present character of a mixture of science & Journal & I presume you
would wish the scientific part to be chiefly sacrificed: however, I am a full believer,
that it is hardly possible to reduce too much & perhaps I may find it easier
than I expect.— I will consult on this, my excellent & kind friend
& adviser M
I write now to ask, whether you would so far greatly oblige me, as to negotiate with
As I have never received one penny from M
I remain Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin
P.S. | In case you should be unwilling to enter into the negotiation for me
To | J. Murray Esq
I should be much obliged if you would inform me, how many copies of my Journal remain
unsold.— My object in asking is, that in accordance with the Agreement with
you in my possession, I have entered into a communication with
As I have not yet received any sum of money for my volume, which you have sold to a considerable extent in the separate form,—a circumstance which all authors & others to whom, I have mentioned it, have thought hard on me,—I trust you will enter on the present negotiation in a favourable spirit.
Believe me | yours faithfully | C. Darwin
H. Colburn Esq
P.S. An early answer would oblige me.—
- f1 851.f1Although CD dated this letter ‘Saturday 6
th’, the actual date of the Saturday was 5 April.
- f2 851.f2See letter to John Murray, 20 March .
- f3 851.f3Murray evidently agreed to do this, see letters to John Murray, [10 April 1845], 12 April , and 17 [April 1845], n. 1.