Pleased to hear that Colburn has behaved more liberally than CD anticipated. Three numbers of the Colonial Library, each of 171 pages, will hold his Journal of researches. Accepts financial arrangements for its publication offered by JM.
Down Bromley Kent
I was very much pleased to receive your letter yesterday.
Thirdly, when you would like to publish? & how quickly the numbers follow each
other? I have engagements for about 14 days, & then I
You will see, I have gone on the assumption of taking advantage of your offer of three
numbers: I could not have made up my mind to have wasted so much time, as it would have
cost to have shortened my work
I shall gladly accept your offer of 100£ for the copyright, to be paid 3 months after date of publication, & shall be happy to sign an agreement to that effect, whenever you like to send one.
I hope not to give you much more trouble & remain dear Sir with thanks, | Your's very faithfully | C. Darwin
In my calculation I have allowed one of your pages to hold 451 words & mine to hold 377 words.
Would the map appear in the First number?
- f1 857.f1Henry Colburn's letter of agreement is in the John Murray Archive (Ms.42153 ff.6-7) and reads:
Dear Sir: I hope you understand me clearly with respect to Mr Darwin's Volume, that although according to his agreement he is not entitled to republish until all copies are sold, yet so long a period has passed since he first published and he now wishes you to publish the new edition, I will offer no impediment in the way & you can proceed immediately I am Dear Sir | Yours very truly | H. ColburnThe letter is undated, but is endorsed ‘April 1845’.
- f2 857.f2In a letter to Leonard Horner dated [January 1847] (Correspondence vol. 4) CD recalled that:
With respect to my Journal, I think the sketches in the second edition are pretty accurate; but in the first they are not so, for I foolishly trusted to my memory, & was much annoyed to find how hasty & inaccurate many of my remarks were, when I went over my huge pile of descriptions of each locality.—
- f3 857.f3The number of woodcut illustrations was increased in the second edition from four to fourteen.
- f4 857.f4CD worked on the second edition from 25 April to 25 August (‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 3, Appendix II). His annotated copy of the first edition is in the Cambridge University Library. Emma Darwin also read and commented on this volume.
- f5 857.f5No agreement has been found at John Murray's.
- f6 857.f6Journal of researches 2d ed. had no map. See letter to John Murray, [4 June 1845].