To John Murray 17 August 1
Haredene | Albury | Guildford
My dear Sir
I am going to beg a favour from you, which I know you hate granting, but as you have published so many books for me,2 I do not think it unfair to ask you. It is to publish a pamphlet at my expence reprinted from the N. American Rev. in defence of my views versus Mivart.3 Before receiving permission from America I asked Messrs. Clowes for an estimate for 750 copies; & they said for paper printing & stitching it would be about £15.4 I do not suppose that more than a score of copies would be sold, but I want you to send copies to all reviews, & to adverti〈se〉 it to the extent of £5 or 6 in Nature etc; & this is all the trouble that I should give you, as I could distribute numerous private copies myself.5 Please send me a line here as soon as you conveniently can. I suppose I had better send the copy direct to Clowes.
My dear Sir, | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
P.S. How does the Descent go off?6
I have been very unwell of late & am still so & therefore do not know when I shall have finished the new edit of the Origin.7
Have you printed any more copies of the Descent? & how many?8
Asks JM whether he will publish 750 copies of a pamphlet [Chauncey Wright’s review of Mivart’s Genesis of species, North Am. Rev. 113 (1871): 63–103] at CD’s expense.
Has been ill so cannot say when he will finish new edition of Origin.
Asks about sales and printing of Descent.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Murray, John (b)
- Sent from
- Haredene, Albury Surrey
- Source of text
- National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 226–7)
- Physical description
- 4pp †
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7907,” accessed on 31 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7907