To John Murray [10 April 1845]1
Down Bromley Kent
I feel as certain as I can about anything, which has passed some years since, that I never signed any paper of any kind whatever with Mr Colburn: I am almost sure it wd have impressed itself on my memory, had I done so. Indeed, I shd assuredly have made a copy, as I did of the Agreement between Capt F & Mr Colburn, which Capt F. made without any consultation with me.
I enclose my rough copy, which please to preserve;2 I wd have made a better copy, but I am compelled to leave home for the day immediately.
I hope your negotiation will be successful & believe me dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin
P.S. | In case you shd come into any terms with Mr C. he will perhaps have forgotten, that he let the Editor of the German Edition3 have the loan of the Copper plate & one or two of the woodcuts— these have not been yet returned owing to the carelessness of Viewig of Brunswick, but I have no reason to doubt that they are safe, & that I shall soon have them.—
Is certain he never signed any paper with Henry Colburn or he would have kept a copy as he did of FitzRoy’s agreement. Wishes JM success in his negotiations with Colburn; asks him to remind Colburn that the copperplate has been left with editor of German edition.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Murray, John (b)
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- Source of text
- National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.10–11)
- Physical description
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 855,” accessed on 30 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-855