To Asa Gray 1 February 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Gray
I received yesterday your letter of the 17th— I am heartily glad you have so kindly determined to reprint; but I especially hope that your Review will appear in it.—2
The Edition might be entitled “Reprinted from corrected Second Edition with additional corrections”.3 I enclose today some few additions, all that I have. I will send in a fortnight a Preface giving a short History of opinion on origin of species.—4
Since writing last I have had a letter from Murray, the publisher; & he says “Whatever benefit may arise from the Reprint of your Book in U.S. you are fairly entitled to”.— So he claims nothing. Perhaps you would like me to stand in Murray’s position & take of the profits whatever they may be.— Nothing would pain me so much as to take all the profit, as I wholly & absolutely shall owe all to you; & if you will print your Review, it will be a joint publication.
Believe me, My dear Gray | Yours most truly & gratefully | C. Darwin
(The Article in Times by Huxley.—)5
If my Additions & Preface should arrive too late; 〈they〉 will not be labour in vain, as they will do for French Edition 〈several words missing〉 Edition.– [Enclosure]6
Mere verbal corrections not here noticed & the omission 2 or 3 paragraphs New Edit 17. 18. Pallasian doctrine made clearer.7 49 names of Primula veris elatior corrected.8 72 age of fir-tree corrected9 73 case of clover made stronger.10 96 parenthesis on parthenogenesis added11 165 mule of U. States striped12 214 sentence about dogs pointing added13 219–223 Slave-ants made clearer14 253 sentence about crossed pheasants added.15 286 Weald Denudation made milder.—16 303 fossil Birds instead of fossil Whales17 336 sentence added on advancement of organisation18 390, 391 about crossing keeping birds of Madeira Bermuda unchanged19 452 paragraph on “nascent” organs added20 480 Kingsley’s sentence on theological bearing added.— 21
CD is glad there is to be an American edition of Origin printed from the corrected 2d English edition.