To John Murray 27 August 
Down Bromley Kent
Aug 27th —
My dear Sir
I returned everything to the Printers on Tuesday night.— I am much obliged for your note: the method by which you propose to pay me the 150£ will suit me, and I will acknowledge the note whenever I receive it.—
Will you please particularly to see, that one of my 12 copies is sent not later than Monday to Mr Lyell at 16 Hart St.; as he wishes to take it to America with him on Tuesday.—
Please to send the other 11 copies to Mr Bain’s 1. Haymarket my Bookseller & Binder (marking outside copies for Mr Darwin) not later than Tuesday or Wednesday night.
With respect to the Woodcuts: that of the Lizard to be put back to Mr Lyell’s Elements: four of them are your property, viz. that at p. 15/ p. 137/ p. 236/ p. 246/.1 All the remaining ones, please see carefully packed & returned to me, (if done with by Tuesday with the Books to Mr Bain; if not then done with, directed to me at the Geological Soc: Somerset House; marked “not to be forwarded”.): Should you ever want a reprint; I can have no doubt, that I can borrow them from Mrs Smith & Elder again.—2
I am much obliged for the pleasant manner, in which you have transacted the business with me.—
I beg as you as an especial favour, that should my volume sell well, that you will take the trouble to inform me; both to gratify my vanity, as Author, & what I care equally for, that I may know, that you have had no cause to repent undertaking this little work.
Believe 〈me my d〉ear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin J. Murray Esqre P.S. Should you ever wish to publish old Books of Travel; I strongly recommend you to think of Hearne’s Travels,3 (strongly praised by Wordsworth);4 they are to my mind admirable & little known.— Drury’s Madagascar5 is also little known for its merits—
Has finished MS for second edition of Journal of researches. Instructs JM regarding author’s copies, and woodcuts; asks to be informed if volume sells well.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Murray, John (b)
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- Source of text
- National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.8–9)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 908,” accessed on 28 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-908