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To John Murray   [23 April 1845]1

Down Bromley Kent


Dear Sir

I am much obliged by your note.— I shall not be ready by the first of May.2 My health is very uncertain & I have now lost a week & therefore I prefer not sending a line to the Printer till I have the corrected copy of the whole 1st No ready.

I presume you are aware that I have the copper plate of the map: according to my own likings & most people, it is a great advantage having a map bound up with any & every work of travels.

About woodcuts. I am not very eager I think, however two or three subjects wd be improved by them.

With respect to the title, I am greatly puzzled, but will think it over; I am of opinion it ought to be called a Journal,—but I will not trouble you at present.

Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin


The Wednesday following letter to John Murray, 17 [April 1845].
CD recorded in his ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 3, Appendix II) that he began work on the second edition of Journal of researches on 25 April.


Has lost a week’s work on Journal of researches owing to poor health. Has copperplate of map, and favours inclusion. Thinks book should be called a "Journal".

Letter details

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.12–12A)
Physical description

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 858,” accessed on 25 October 2016,