To John Murray [26 June 1845]
Down Bromley Kent
I have adopted & am much obliged for, your criticism on the Preface. It will be now too late to insert the advertisement of the Zoolo. & Geol. of the Voyage in the First Part.—
I am sorry to say that this Part runs to 176 pages: I found I could not shorten so much as not to leave a broken sheet, so that I have managed to get all in this Part, by running two chapters together & by throwing away two pages of type: I have written to Mrs Clowes, begging them to send me a little account for the setting up & distributing of these two pages & for the corrections consequent on it:
I will try to make the next Part only 160 pages, but I find it almost impossible, with so many alterations to keep any accurate calculation, as is shown by the last M.S. having run out 13 pages too much.
Dear Sir | Your’s very faithfully | C. Darwin
PS. To night. Mrs Clowes will receive title & every sheet finally corrected.— The title, Preface Contents &c all been put by Mrs Clowes into half a sheet
Agrees with JM’s criticism of preface [of Journal of researches, 2d ed.].
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Murray, John (b)
- Sent from
- Source of text
- National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.17–18)
- Physical description
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 879,” accessed on 27 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-879