To John Murray 20 [June 1845]
Down Bromley Kent
I send a line to report progress.— For the two last posts I have received no proof sheets: before they came regularly & I returned them as regularly within 12 hours: there have been so few corrections, that I have not had occasion to see any revise.—
I have got through the most difficult part of the M.S. of the next number & shall have it all ready by 4th 5th or 6th of next month.— Would you kindly inform me, what your intentions are about publishing the three numbers consecutively? Anyhow I hope it will not be inconvenient to you to allow me to go on printing off, at the rate at which I am now at work.— I am anxious to get the job finished & out of my hands I hope & think I have much improved my Journal: you may perhaps be glad to hear, that I could not possibly have condensed my Journal to go into two number’s & wd not have undergone the loss of time for even double the sum you have so kindly given me.—
Believe me dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin
P.S. | Should you object to an advertisement of the ‘Zoology & Geology of the Beagles Voyage (& of course of nothing else), being printed at Mrs Smith & Elder’s expense & inserted at one end of the first number?1 They proposed it to me; they have been liberal in letting me have the full use of any of the woodcuts out of my Geological volumes.—
Writes to report progress on MS of second part [of Journal of researches].
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Murray, John (b)
- Sent from
- Source of text
- National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 33–34)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 877,” accessed on 30 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-877