From John Murray 24 February 1
50, Albemarle St. | W.
My Dear Sir
I have despatched by Book post today a copy of the “Origin” in sheets for correction2 The printer will guarantee a correct reprint of all that you send to press unaltered & will send you proofs of sheets in wch you make corrections—3
I shall be happy to pay you two thirds of the profits of the Edition as soon as one half of the copies are sold—as you suggest4
I can see no objection to your employing Mr Sowerby to draw the bones & heads for your book on Domesticated animals.5 I wd stipulate that after he has seen all that you require, he shd send me in writing his estimate of the cost of drawing the 32 or 33 subjects—& a statement of the time within wch he will undertake to draw them—6
I have no doubt this work will be as interesting to the Public as it has been to you
I remain | My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray
I have still near 600 copies of the Book on Orchids on hand—but the deficiency on it has been reduced to £30.—7
Charles Darwin Esqr
Sends sheets of Origin [4th edition] for CD to correct [for 3d German edition?].
Still has 600 copies of Orchids, but deficit reduced to £30.
Undertakes to pay two-thirds of profits of the [fourth] edition of Origin as soon as one-half of the copies are sold.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5417,” accessed on 30 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5417