From John Murray 24 December 1
My Dear Sir
Your two parcels of MS. reached me on Saty night with your instructions2 I was very glad to receive them but they arrive just at the beginning of Xmas Holidays & no real work can be got out of the Printers before Thursday next. This will account for a little delay—but proceedings shall be taken in earnest when once begin & we will endeavour to make up for lost time—
Permit me to wish you the Comps of the Season & to remain My Dear Sir | yours very faithfully | John Murray
Ch Darwin Esq
Two parcels of MS [of Variation] have arrived. Will proceed with printing immediately after Christmas.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5322,” accessed on 4 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5322