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DCP-LETT-3609

To John Murray   18 [June 1862]1

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My dear Sir

I wish much for an answer about the Woodcuts. I am very sorry to be so troublesome.— Ask one of your clerks to answer me.—2

Yours very sincerely | in great Haste | C. Darwin

There is a superb, but I fear exaggerated, Review in “London Review”.3 But I have not been a fool, as I thought I was, to publish; for Asa Gray, about the most competent judge in world, thinks almost as highly of book as does London Review.—4

The Athenæum will hinder sale greatly.—5

Footnotes

1
Dated by the relationship to the letter to John Murray, 13 June [1862], and to the letter to Asa Gray, 10–20 June [1862] (see n. 2, below).
2
CD had asked Murray whether he could provide three plates from Orchids for a review proposed by Asa Gray (see letter to John Murray, 13 June [1862], and letter to Asa Gray, 10–20 June [1862]).
3
Miles Joseph Berkeley wrote an anonymous review of Orchids for the London Review and Weekly Journal of Politics, Arts and Science ([Berkeley] 1862). CD wrote ‘Rev J. M. Berkeley’ on a copy of the review now in the Scrapbook of reviews (DAR 226.1: 87).
4
See letter from Asa Gray, 18 May 1862, and letter to Asa Gray, 10–20 June [1862].
5
CD refers to the critical review of Orchids by John R. Leifchild in the Athenæum, 24 May 1862, p. 691.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-3609
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Murray, John (b)
Sent from
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Source of text
John Murray Archive (Darwin 123)
Physical description
2pp

Summary

Superb, but exaggerated, review [of Orchids, by M. J. Berkeley] in London Review [& wkly J. Polit. 4 (1862): 553–4]. Asa Gray thinks almost as highly. "I have not been a fool, as I thought I was, to publish." The Athenæum review will hinder sales greatly.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3609,” accessed on 29 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3609

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