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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-6966

To Robert Francis Cooke   [22 February 1869]1

6 Queen Anne St

Monday,

My dear Sir

I have just been applied to for permission for a French translation of my Orchis book.2 As Mr Murray has never objected, I have assumed that he will not in this case. I write now to ask whether you will supply, if required, stereotypes of the woodcuts at prime cost, or only at a slight increase;3 for if there is any large charge, I feel nearly sure that the work will not appear, which I should regret. If in your power would you let me have an answer by tomorrow evening as we return home early on Wednesday morning.4

Dear Sir | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin

Footnotes

1
The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Ernest Faivre, 18 February 1869. In 1869, the Monday following 18 February was 22 February.
2
See letter from Ernest Faivre, 18 February 1869.
3
John Murray had supplied woodcuts for the German translation of Orchids (Bronn trans. 1862; see Correspondence vol. 10, letter to H. G. Bronn 25 April [1862]). CD had also given approval for Murray to supply the woodcuts from Orchids to Mary Somerville for Somerville 1869 (see Correspondence vol. 14, letter to M. E. Lyell, [19 October 1866] and nn. 2 and 3).
4
CD was in London from 16 to 24 February 1869 (see CD’s ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 17, Appendix II)).

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-6966
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Cooke, R. F.; John Murray, Publishers
Sent from
London, Queen Anne St, 6
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 200)
Physical description
2pp

Summary

Assumes Murray will give permission for French translation of Orchids; asks that stereotypes of woodcuts be supplied at cost, since if expensive the work will not appear.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6966,” accessed on 14 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6966

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