From John Murray 30 January 1
My Dear Sir
I thank you for your very obliging note—introducing to me Mr W H. Bates. What you tell me of him interests me much2 I shall be very happy to make his personal acquaintance if he be in London—& am ready to receive as much of his MS. as he has prepared—as soon as convenient. I cannot of course proceed farther until I have seen a considerable portion of it—to form an opinion of its character & attractiveness. The description you give leads me to form high expectations & if & an actual inspection will enable me to make proposals for the publication wch, I hope, may meet the Authors views
Will you add to your kindness by informing Mr Bates that I am at home daily with the rarest exceptions from 10 to 4 or 5. (Saty only until 2) but that if it be at all inconvenient to call he has only to send his MS. wch I will take the utmost care of & treat as a confidential communication
I thought it wd never do to keep the orchids for your weekly carrier & I hope they arrived in good order3 I take it you & Lyell will be out about the same time He has only 2 Chapters to finish4
I am My Dear Sir | Your obliged & faithful | John Murray
Charles Darwin Esq
Discusses manuscript by H. W. Bates [Naturalist on the river Amazons (1863)].
Mentions CD’s forthcoming book [Orchids].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3420,” accessed on 26 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3420