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Letter 877

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

20 [June 1845]

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    Writes to report progress on MS of second part [of Journal of researches].


Down Bromley Kent

Friday 20th

Dear Sir

I send a line to report progress.— For the two last posts I have received no proof sheets: before they came regularly & I returned them as regularly within 12 hours: there have been so few corrections, that I have not had occasion to see any revise.—

I have got through the most difficult part of the M.S. of the next number & shall have it all ready by 4th 5th or 6th of next month.— Would you kindly inform me, what your intentions are about publishing the three numbers consecutively? Anyhow I hope it will not be inconvenient to you to allow me to go on printing off, at the rate at which I am now at work.— I am anxious to get the job finished & out of my hands I hope & think I have much improved my Journal: you may perhaps be glad to hear, that I could not possibly have condensed my Journal to go into two number's & wd not have undergone the loss of time for even double the sum you have so kindly given me.—

Believe me dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin

P.S. | Should you object to an advertisement of the ‘Zoology & Geology of the Beagles Voyage (& of course of nothing else), being printed at Mrs Smith & Elder's expense & inserted at one end of the first number? They proposed it to me; they have been liberal in letting me have the full use of any of the woodcuts out of my Geological volumes.—

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    The advertisement arrived too late to be included in the first number of the three-part issue (see letter to John Murray, [26 June 1845]). However, such an advertisement does appear on p. 520 of the second issue, which is in book form (Freeman 1977, p. 36).
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