From John Murray 1 April 1859
Apl. 1. 1859
My dear Sir,
I hasten to thank you for your obliging letter of yesterday & for the interesting details regarding your work on Species contained in it.— On the strength of this information & my knowledge of your former publications,1 I can have no hesitation in swerving from my usual routine & in stating at once even without seeing the MS. that I shall be most happy to publish it for you on the same terms as those on which I publish for Sir Charles Lyell—viz—I will print an edition fixing the number of copies with your concurrence, according to what shall appear to me (on perusal of a part, at least, of the work) to be adviseable—& before publication, as soon as I can ascertain the cost of its production I will make you an offer amounting as nearly as I can ascertain to ds of the net proceeds of the edition—payable by note of hand at six months from the day of publication xxxxxxx2 I shall be quite willing to give the author 12 copies for himself & as many more as he may require at the trade price xxxxx
Yours very faithfully | (signed) John Murray. Charles Darwin Esq
On the strength of CD’s details about his work on species and his knowledge of CD’s former publications, JM offers to publish [Origin] without seeing the MS.
- Letter no.
- John Murray
- Charles Robert Darwin
- Sent from
- Source of text
- National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41913 p.32)