To John Murray [31 May 1845]
Down near Bromley Kent
I had intended writing to you to say that I wd send the M.S. for the first number to you by our weekly carrier on Thursday morning. I have much condensed, added to, & improved the scientific part: As nearly as I can possibly calculate; there will be 168 pages of your volume.
I have well considered & consulted others on title-page: I think from honesty & policy (as the work has been much quoted) we must keep to nearly the same title: I hope you will approve of the enclosed, which is strictly accurate & does not give the idea of exclusive science, as the ‘Journal’ is so prominent. I do not know how far you value Mr Lyells’ judgment, but he approves of it.1
Should you [not] object to the enclosed short Dedication, it wd much gratify me to insert it?—2
I enclose the map, of which I have the copper-plate. To my own taste & that of every person, whom I ever heard speak of the subject, a map in a volume of Travels is very agreeable: please inform me of your decision before Wednesday night, that I may send it or not with the M.S.3
Please return the Map and Title & Dedication: of the latter I beg you not say a word to Mr. Lyell..
I have borrowed a few woodcuts from my Geological volumes: & I have had one made at 12s. as I thought it very desirable to illustrate a description of a curious Bird:4 I will direct Mr Lee to take it & the account to you, if you approve, if not I will pay it myself.—
Will the Table of Contents ie Chapters belonging to the First Number be published in the First Number, or the whole Contents in the 3d number?—
The condensing the scientific parts & additions have cost me infinitely more time than I anticipated, otherwise I shd. have sent the M.S. sooner.
Finally—I take the liberty of calling your attention to the fact, that when you offered me 100£, it was for the two numbers. I did not choose to throw any obstacle in our arrangements; nor of course will I now do so; but for the copyright of my Journal in three numbers, I think 100£ is 〈 〉5 sum. Do you think you could afford to allow me an additional fifty? I assure you I have taken the utmost pains with this new Edition
Believe me dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin To | J. Murray Eqre.
Will send MS of first part [of Journal of researches] on Thursday morning, enclosing suggested title and dedication. Urges inclusion of map. Requests another £50 for copyright, as offer of £100 was made when only two parts were planned.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- John Murray
- Sent from
- Source of text
- National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.24–25)
- Physical description