To John Murray 6 May 
Friday May 6th
My dear Sir
As I have thought you perhaps might like to forward the enclosed note to Mr Elwyn I have written it separately.1
It is my deliberate conviction that both Lyells & Mr Elwyns suggestions, (which differ to a certain extent) are impracticable. I have done my best. Others might, I have no doubt, done the job better, if they had my materials; but that is no help.— Nothing on earth can have been kinder than both Mr Elwyn & Sir C. Lyell have been.—
I will send in middle or latter part of next week, the six first chapters; & now the succeeding chapters have been copied, & I can send exact number of words, or the M.S. itself if you like, of the whole, with the one exception of the last & very short chapter, not yet written.2 If I do not hear from you I will send the six first chapters & the number of words in the succeeding chapters. If I do hear (it must be soon) that you would like to see the whole M.S. my servant, who will bring the M.S, shall wait 2 or 3 hours & then call & bring home to the latter chapters, which I have just to run my eye once over again.
I have taken such pains with M.S. that I hope corrections will not be heavy in expence or time. I am sorry to have troubled you with such long notes; but I trust I shall give no more trouble. Forgive me for adding that if my Book does prove a failure, you will not find me of an avaricious nature.—
My dear Sir | With many thanks for your own kind note | Believe me, Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
CD is convinced that the suggestions [for the Origin?] of both Lyell and Whitwell Elwyn are impracticable.
Will send first six chapters of MS next week. Has taken such pains with it that he hopes corrections will not be heavy.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Murray, John (b)
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- National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.57–57A)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2459,” accessed on 23 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2459