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To H. W. Bates   31 January [1862]1

Down Bromley Kent

Jan. 31.

My dear Sir

I hope the enclosed note will be satisfactory to you, as far as it goes.2 You see that he wishes to see as much M.S. as you can let him have.— When it comes to negotiation, remember my advice about disposing only of 1st. Edit.3 He will probably offer to take risk & give you a certain share of profit of sales. I believe it is universally thought that Mr Murray can be quite trusted. You must remember that as yet your name is not known to the general public, which necessarily always makes a Publisher cautious.—

I heartily wish you all the success, which I am sure you deserve. If I can do anything whatever for you, it will give me real pleasure.—

In Haste | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship to the letter from John Murray, 30 January [1862] and to the letter from H. W. Bates, 25 January 1862.
CD evidently enclosed the letter from John Murray, 30 January [1862] (see letter to John Murray, 28 January [1862]).
See Correspondence vol. 9, letter to H. W. Bates, 25 September [1861].


Encloses note from Murray, hoping it will be satisfactory. Murray is ready to see as much of MS as possible. Murray is considered honest but may be cautious, since HWB’s name is unknown to the public.

Letter details

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Darwin, C. R.
Bates, H. W.
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Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3424,” accessed on 24 February 2017,