From R. F. Cooke 18 August 1871
50A, Albemarle Street, London. W.
Augt. 18 1871
My dear Sir
In Mr. Murray’s absence, I beg to reply to your letter & say, that altho’ as a rule, we do not publish pamphlets, yet we have made exceptions & I am sure Mr Murray will not object to publishing the one you propose & therefore by all means forward the copy to Messrs. Clowes & Sons.1
We have not printed any more of the “Descent of Man” for there was rather a lull in the sale & out of the last 2000 Copies, on June 30th we had 825 copies left, so that we had given Messrs Clowes permission to distribute the type—but strange to say, a few days afterwards, a fresh demand sprung up & we have sold 200 copies & so I told Clowes to hold their hand for the present.2
I am sorry to hear you have been poorly but hope the rain of last night has both refreshed you & the country.
Mr Murray & family are in Scotland, but return the end of next week3
Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke
Did you see the review of “Descent” in the Guardian?4
Chas. Darwin Esq
RC is sure Murray would not object to printing the pamphlet [C. Wright’s Darwinism: being an examination of Mr. St. G. J. Mivart’s "Genesis of species"].
After a lull in sales of Descent, a fresh demand warrants keeping type set up. Has CD seen the review of Descent in the Guardian?
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7909,” accessed on 8 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7909