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To John Murray   17 November [1856–7]1

Down Bromley Kent

Nov. 17th.—

Dear Sir

I find that I have for little civilities in Natural History often occasion to give away copies of my Journal.2 I hope that you will not think it an unreasonable favour to beg to be supplied with 4 copies in cloth at the price charged to wholesale Booksellers.— If you can so far oblige me, would you be so kind as to have the parcel sent, anytime before Thursday morning.3 (with account enclosed) addressed thus

C. Darwin Esqe

care of Mr G. Snow

Nag’s Head


I do not know whether you keep any account of total sales of Books, but if so I shd. very much like to hear how many copies of my Journal have been sold altogether, if you would be so kind as to direct one of your clerks to put the number on a slip of paper, & enclose it with Books, if you are willing to let me have them; apologising for this trouble | I remain Dear Sir | Your’s very faithfully | Charles Darwin John Murray Esqe


See letter to John Murray, 20 November [1856–7], n. 1, for the basis of this date.
The second edition of Journal of researches was published by John Murray (see Correspondence vol. 3).
Thursday was the day that the carrier left London for Down village.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Journal of researches: Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by HMS Beagle, under the command of Captain FitzRoy, RN, from 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Henry Colburn. 1839.


Asks JM for four copies of his Journal of researches [2d ed.] at wholesale price. Also asks for total number of copies sold.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.62–63)
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1026,” accessed on 7 June 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 6