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To John Murray   17 November [1856–7]1

Down Bromley Kent

Nov. 17th

Dear Sir

I find that I have for little civilities in Natural History often occasion to give away copies of my Journal.2 I hope that you will not think it an unreasonable favour to beg to be supplied with 4 copies in cloth at the price charged to wholesale Booksellers.— If you can so far oblige me, would you be so kind as to have the parcel sent, anytime before Thursday morning.3 (with account enclosed) addressed thus diag C. Darwin Esqe

care of Mr G. Snow

Nag’s Head


I do not know whether you keep any account of total sales of Books, but if so I shd very much like to hear how many copies of my Journal have been sold altogether, if you would be so kind as to direct one of your clerks to put the number on a slip of paper, & enclose it with Books, if you are willing to let me have them; apologising for this trouble | I remain Dear Sir | Your’s very faithfully | Charles Darwin John Murray Esqe


See letter to John Murray, 20 November [1856–7], n. 1, for the basis of this date.
The second edition of Journal of researches was published by John Murray (see Correspondence vol. 3).
Thursday was the day that the carrier left London for Down village.


Asks JM for four copies of his Journal of researches [2d ed.] at wholesale price. Also asks for total number of copies sold.

Letter details

Letter no.
Darwin, C. R.
Murray, John (b)
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Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.62–63)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1026,” accessed on 25 October 2016,