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 Murray’s absence, I beg to reply to your letter & say, that altho’ as a rule, we do not publish pamphlets, yet we have made exceptions & I am sure Mr Murray will not object to publishing the one you propose & therefore by all means forward the copy to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 16 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7909