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Darwin Correspondence Project


To John Murray   12 June [1849]

The Lodge Malvern

June 12th

My dear Sir

I am extremely much obliged by your kind note. I return one (which will suffice) of my copies & my private copies to be corrected.— I am very sorry for the expence Mr Clowes will be put to, & for the trouble caused you.—

Do you chance to know whether the unfortunate Reader or head Compositor will be fined heavily, for I cannot bear the thought of this, & if you happen to know that such is the case & would out of charity direct one of your clerks to inform me I would write to Mr Clowes & make the poor workman some present.—

If I receive no answer, I shall understand that the expence does not fall on a workman.—

Pray forgive me this trouble & accept my thanks.

Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin

I shd like my copies to be sent here, as I suppose they will be complete before end of month.

If adviseable, I shd be happy to look over the cancelled sheets, but there are no errors except the transposition

Letter details

Letter no.
Darwin, C. R.
Murray, John (b)
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.16–17)
Physical description


Appreciates what Murray and the printer are doing to rectify the error [transposition of pages of text in "Geology"]. But if the responsible person will be fined heavily, CD would want to "make some present".



Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1245,” accessed on 27 May 2016,