To John Murray 5 April 
Down Bromley Kent
April. 5th —
My dear Sir
I send by this Post Title (with some remarks on separate page) & 3 first Chs If you have patience to read all Ch. I, I honestly think you will have fair notion of interest of whole book.— It may be conceit, but I believe the subject will interest the public & I am sure that the views are original.— If you think otherwise, I must repeat my request that you will freely reject my work; & though I shall be a little disappointed I shall be in no way injured.
If you choose to read Ch. II & III, you will have a dull & rather abstruse Ch. & a plain & interesting one in my opinion.—
As soon as you have done with M.S, please to send it by careful messenger & plainly directed to Miss G. Tollett 14. Queen Anne St Cavendish Sqre This lady being excellent judge of style is going to look out for errors for me.—1
You must take your own time, but the sooner you finish; the sooner she will, & the sooner I shall get to press, which I so earnestly wish.—
I presume you will wish to see Ch. IV, the key-stone of my arch, & Ch. X & XI, but please to inform me on this head.–
My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin
I now suspect my M.S will run out to more than 500 pages of size & type of Lyells Elements 1st Edit.—2
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Murray, John (b)
- Sent from
- Source of text
- National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.35–35A)
- Physical description
Sends title and first three chapters [of Origin]. Thinks first chapter will interest the public and is sure views are original. If JM thinks otherwise, he should freely reject the work. Chapter 2 is dull and abstruse, chapter 3 is plain and interesting.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2447,” accessed on 29 April 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2447