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From Whitwell Elwin to John Murray 3 May 1859

Summary

Charles Lyell has asked WE to pass his opinions on the MS of Origin to CD via Murray. WE is convinced of the value of CD’s researches but "to put forth the theory without the evidence", as in the MS, "would do grievous injustice to his views". The omission of these facts reduces both the philosophical and popular value of the work, by virtue of its dryness.

Supports Charles Lyell’s suggestion that CD should first publish his observations on pigeons with a theoretical outline, for "[e]very body is interested in pigeons". Such a work would generate wider interest and be better understood. A subsequent, larger book would then be approached with impartiality "not to say favour" by a wider public.

Author:  Whitwell Elwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 May 1859
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42197)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2457A

From Ludwik Masłowski to [John Murray?]   25 July 1875

Summary

Has received a confusing set of engravings, with both missing and superfluous illustrations [for Polish translation of Descent].

Author:  Ludwik Masłowski
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  25 July 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10092

From Louis Grenier to John Murray   22 December 1875

Summary

Encloses a letter to be forwarded to CD [see 10212].

Author:  Louis Grenier
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 474
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10211

To John Murray   19 February [1871]

Summary

Discusses publication of Descent. Orders copies of vol. 2 sent to Wallace, Mivart, and F. P. Cobbe.

Will attend Athenaeum and vote for RC.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  19 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 280
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7489

From John Murray   20 February [1871]

Summary

A second edition [issue] of Descent may be needed in short time; preparations should be made, and corrections sent to Clowes. Wallace, Mivart, and F. P. Cobbe have been sent copies of both volumes.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 388
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7496

From John Murray   23 February [1871]

Summary

Descent publication costs, "including a heavy item of £126 for corrections" have been received. JM can now offer CD 600 guineas for the edition of 2500 copies.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 389
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7507

To John Murray   23 February 1871

Summary

Receipt for payment by John Murray of £630 for the first edition, consisting of 2500 copies, of Descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 249: 105
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7509A

From John Murray   27 February [1871]

Summary

First edition [issue] of Descent is exhausted. Asks CD to send corrections at once for a new printing of at least 1000 copies.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 390
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7519

To John Murray   8 March [1871]

Summary

Asks what his profits on the reprints of Descent will be when half have been sold.

Good reviews in Saturday Review and Pall Mall Gazette;

contemptuous one as usual in Athenæum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  8 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 222–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7555

From John Murray   9 March [1871]

Summary

JM will print 2000 more copies of Descent as a second edition [issue]. Profits should be large as expenses are small.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 391
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7559

To John Murray   13 March 1871

Summary

Pleased about sale and new issue [of Descent]. Discusses presentation copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  13 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 143: 435
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7577

From John Murray   18 March [1871]

Summary

Second "edition" [of Descent] published this day. Offers CD 800 guineas.

Mentions Wallace’s review in Academy.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 392
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7597

To John Murray   20 March 1871

Summary

Pleased with sum the reprint [of Descent] has produced. Terms of payment accepted.

Thanks JM for Nonconformist [review of Descent, 32 (1871): 240–1].

Would like to see other out-of-way reviews – especially religious.

Other reviews favourable, including Wallace’s [see 7569], which is admirable.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Mar 1871
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 250–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7603

From John Murray   20 March [1871]

Summary

Demand [for Descent] is such that JM thinks he will have to print 1000 more copies. Does not want to trouble CD for corrections.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 393
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7604

To John Murray   21 March 1871

Summary

Is astonished at sale [of Descent]. Will make no additions, but must correct a few misprints and errors [for third issue].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  21 Mar 1871
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 252)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7608

To John Murray   22 March [1871]

Summary

Has this day sent off corrections for new issue [of Descent]. Asks whether title-page may read "Sixth Thousand".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 58–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7610

From John Murray   22 March 1871

Summary

Completes payment for 2d issue [of Descent]; has sold 1300 of the 2000 copies printed. Will probably print 2000 more for 3d issue.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 394
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7611

To John Murray   23 March 1871

Summary

Amount received from 2d issue of Descent now stands at £840. Would be glad to have 2000 more copies printed because he wants time to collect information for a corrected edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 Mar 1871
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 44–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7613

From John Murray   12 April [1871]

Summary

Asks CD’s opinion of a request from Loescher of Turin. Thinks Loescher should have named his translator.

Does CD know the name of the Times reviewer?

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 395
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7676

To John Murray   13 April [1871]

Summary

Has no idea who wrote the Times review [of Descent]. Writer has no knowledge of science and "seems a windbag full of metaphysics & classics".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  13 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 220–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7680
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