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Darwin Correspondence Project


To John Murray   16 [July 1845]

Down Bromley Kent

16 Wednesday | (after post-time)

My dear Sir

I sent the M.S. to Mess Clowes on the 7th & since then I have had only three sheets. I urged him to send me a sheet a day, stating the reason that my health is uncertain & that I would not on any account suffer, what I did last time, when, being unwell, I had to look over three or four sheets the last day.— Now I see Ms Clowes is running the same course this time & I write to inform you, that if the number shd fail being ready it will be exclusively the fault of Mess Clowes for I cannot & will not exert myself again, if I chance to be unwell

Will you be so kind as to take the affair in your own hands with Mess Clowes.

My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin

Letter details

Letter no.
Darwin, C. R.
Murray, John (b)
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.13–14)
Physical description


Sent MS [of second part of Journal of researches] to William Clowes [printer] on the 7th and has had only three sheets for correction. Asks JM to see to it that Messrs Clowes send a sheet a day, as CD’s health is uncertain, and he cannot do more at last moment if sheets accumulate.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 891,” accessed on 1 June 2016,