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DCP-LETT-2446

To J. D. Hooker   2 April [1859]1

Down Bromley Kent

April 2d

My dear Hooker

Very many thanks for your letter of caution about Murray. I wrote to him & gave him the Headings of chapters, and told him he could not have M.S for 10 days or so., and this morning I receive a letter, offering me handsome terms & agreeing to publish without seeing M.S!2 So he is eager enough; I think, I shd have been cautious anyhow, but owing to your letter, I have told him most explicitly, that I accept his offer solely on condition, that after he has seen part or all M.S. he has full power of retracting.—3 You will think me presumptuous, but I think my book will be popular to a certain extent, enough to ensure heavy loss amongst scientific & semi-scientific men:4 why I think so is because I have found in conversation so great & surprising interest amongst such men & some 0-scientific men5 on subject; & all my chapters are not nearly so dry & dull as that which you have read on Geographical Distribution.— Anyhow Murray ought to be the best judge, & if he chooses to publish it, I think I may wash my hands of all responsibility.— And he made very good bargain for my Journal6 I am sure my friends, ie Lyell & you have been extraordinarily kind in troubling yourselves on the matter.—

I shall be delighted to see you day before Good Friday; there would be one advantage for you in any other day, as I believe both my Boys come home on that day & it would be a almost impossible that I cd send carriage for you.— There will I believe, be some relations in House, but I hope you will not care for that, as we shall easily get as much talking as my ‘imbecile’ state allows.—7 I shall deeply enjoy seeing you.— Do not fear about interfering with me in your publication; I have little doubt your views will be, & have arisen, independent of mine.—

Do not judge of your Boys intellect at this early age: I have seen how wonderfully they change.—

I am tired, so no more | My dear Hooker | Yours affecty | C. Darwin

P.S. Please to send, well tied up with strong string my Geograph: M.S. towards latter half of next week, ie 7th or 8th that I may send it with more to Murray; & God Help him if he tries to read it.—

I shall be curious to hear how Dr Boott has got mixed up & interested with Lyell, Murray & Co.—8 I cannot help rather doubting whether Lyell would take much pains to induce Murray to publish my Book: this was not done at my request, & rather grates against my pride. I know that Lyell has been infinitely kind about my affair, but your dashed induce, gives idea that L. had unfairly urged Murray

Footnotes

1
The year is given by the reference to publishing Origin with John Murray.
2
See letter from John Murray, 1 April 1859.
3
See letter to John Murray, 2 April [1859].
4
The context of this and surrounding letters to Murray indicate that CD meant to say that the popularity of Origin among scientific and semi-scientific men would ensure against heavy loss.
5
In LL 2: 153, Francis Darwin surmised that CD meant ‘non-scientific’ men here.
6
For CD’s previous terms with Murray pertaining to Journal of researches 2d ed., see Correspondence vol. 3, letter to John Murray, 17 [April 1845].
7
According to Emma Darwin’s diary, Hooker visited Down House on 21 April; on 23 April Francis (Frank) Wedgwood and his family arrived.
8
Francis Boott was a mutual friend of CD and Hooker. See letter from J. D. Hooker, [8–11 April 1859].

Summary

Thanks for letter of caution about Murray. He has offered to publish without seeing MS. CD thinks book will be popular to a certain extent. Lyell’s inducing Murray to publish Origin grates CD’s pride.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-2446
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Hooker, J. D.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 115: 9
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2446,” accessed on 24 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2446

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