To John Murray [3 November 1859]1
Wells Terrace, Ilkley, Otley
My dear Sir
I have received your kind note & the copy: I am infinitely pleased & proud at the appearance of my child.—2 I quite agree to all you propose about price. But you are really too generous about the to me scandalously heavy corrections. Are you not acting unfairly towards yourself? Would it not be better to at least share the £72’s 80? 3 I shall be fully satisfied; for I had no business to send, though quite unintentionally & unexpectedly, such badly composed M.S. to the printers.
Thank you for your kind offer to distribute the copies to my friends & assisters as soon as possible.— Do not trouble yourself much about the foreigners, as Messrs Williams & Norgate have most kindly offered to do their best, & they are accustomed to send to all parts of world.
I will pay for my copies, whenever you like.4
I am so glad that you were so good as to undertake the publication of my Book.—
My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin
P.S. | Please do not forget to let me hear about 2 days before the copies are distributed.
I do not know when I shall leave this place; certainly not for several weeks: Whenever I be in London: I will call on you
Infinitely pleased and proud of the appearance of his "child" [Origin, 1st ed.]. Thinks JM has been overgenerous in paying for his corrections. Offers to divide cost and regrets sending such badly composed copy.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- John Murray
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- Source of text
- National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f.49)
- Physical description