From John Murray 18 October 1
50A, Albemarle St. | W.
My Dear Sir
After publishing for you two such works as the Origin of Species & the Orchids I can have no hesitation in offering at once, even without seeing the MS.S to publish your “Domesticated Animals” on the same terms as I publish the Origin— viz paying you a sum equal to d of the profits—for every edition consistent with the number of copies1
If this be satisfactory to you I shall of course pay Mr Wells Bill, as I have done that of Mr Sowerby—including them in the expences of the works.2
I shall not lose sight of Dr Asa Greys suggestions— I have no objection to let Mess Ticknor & Field know that they can have 250 copies of the new Edition at half price—3
I could supply them either with early sheets of your new Book or with stereotype plates if they prefer them
I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray
Chas Darwin Esqr
JM states he will publish [Variation] on same basis as Origin, i.e., paying CD two-thirds of the profits.
In response to Asa Gray’s suggestion, he could supply Ticknor & Fields with 250 copies [of Origin, 4th ed.] at half-price.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5246,” accessed on 12 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5246