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To John Murray   20 March [1845]

Down Bromley Kent

March 20th

Dear Sir

I am much obliged for your note, & have the pleasure of enclosing a copy (on the other side) of the agreement with Mr Colburn.

Believe me | Yours faithfully | C. Darwin London Sept. 22d 18371

This is to certify that after the completion of the sale of the first Edition of the Voyages of Capts King, & FitzRoy and Mr Darwin, Mr Darwin is to be at liberty to publish his own Journal in any manner he pleases, separately from the general narrative, but this permission is not to prevent Capts King & FitzRoy from continuing to unite it with their own Journals in subsequent editions of the general work | Henry Colburn.


See Correspondence vol. 2, letter to William Shoberl, [22 or 23 September 1837], for CD’s acknowledgment of his copy of this agreement.

Letter details

Letter no.
Darwin, C. R.
Murray, John (b)
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.8–9)
Physical description


Thanks for note; encloses copy of FitzRoy’s agreement with Henry Colburn [see 379], to the effect that after sale of first edition of Narrative, CD is at liberty to publish his Journal of researches in any manner he chooses.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 843,” accessed on 24 May 2016,