To John Murray [25 January 1860]1
57. Queen St. Cavendish Sqe
My dear Sir
Will you be so kind as to inform me in note addressed to Down how soon you intend going to press with my Journal; as I think I had better look over it, & see whether progress of science makes any corrections necessary.2
I shall be very glad to escape labour of correcting press, & if Mess Clowes print it (as I hope) they print so correctly that they may safely be trusted.3 I, also, hope that they can correct index. I can do so little work per diem, that I grudge every day taken from my larger work.—
It would be great advantage to have outline map of S. part of S. America, such as was published by Colburn in his 1st Edition of my Journal.4
My dear Sir | In Haste | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
Let me hear how many copies of Journal sold altogether.
P.S.I have just received letter from Prof. Asa Gray, who says the U. States in a few days “will be flooded” with my Book.5 He says it was too late to make any arrangement; that the sheets ought to have been sent him of 1st Edit.6 But he still thinks of republishing a long Review which he is writing as an Introduction to a separate Edition; & he believes this Introduction would give him copy-right— I feel sure that I may tell him, that if he likes to do anything of the sort, we will share any profit with him.7 I presume it would be a mere trifle. He is as noble & good a man as ever lived,—but much overworked.—
It will be worth while to remember & send over sheets of my larger work.— I am amused by Asa Gray’s account of the excitement my Book has made amonst Naturalists in U. States. Agassiz has denounced it in Newspaper, but yet in such terms that it is in fact a fine advertisement!—8
Yours most sincerely | C. Darwin
N.B | I have forgotten the object of my note to say that at date of A. Grays letter he had not received remainder of sheets of the 2d. Edit: if not already sent, please send immediately.—
CD asks how soon JM will go to press with Journal [of researches]; thinks he had better look it over to see if progress of science has made any correction necessary.
P.S. Asa Gray has written that Origin has caused great excitement in U. S. Agassiz has denounced it.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- John Murray
- Sent from
- London, Queen Anne St, 57
- Source of text
- National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.64–67)
- Physical description