From John Murray 24 February 1
50A, Albemarle St. | W.
My Dear Sir
I expect the Printer’s work on the 2nd Edition of your Book is completed today.2 Copies may be ready for delivery Wed or Thursday. I have printed 1250 Copies—& shall be happy to present you with a Dozen wch shall be sent to you as soon as ready—unless I receive instructions from you to dispose of them otherwise— I am puzzled how to get the Copy for Mr Swinhoe conveyed to Amoy.3 Can you suggest any safe mode?
I read the Review of you in the Athenæum— It strikes me you may be indebted to Mr John Edw Grey of the Brit Museum for it!4 But perhaps you are better informed—
I remain | My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray
Chas Darwin Esq
Second issue [of Variation] is ready.
Murray thinks that the Athenæum review was written by J. E. Gray [see 5931].