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From R. F. Cooke   21 February 1876

50A, Albemarle Street, London. W.

Feby. 21 1876

My dear Sir

Mr. Murray wishes to arrange with you for the present edition of the “Descent of Man”, which we printed last Autumn & of which we have sold over 500 copies out of the 1000 printed & he proposes if agreeable to you to send his cheque for £105.0.01

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esqr


CD recorded the receipt of £105 in his Account books–banking account (Down House MS) on 28 February 1876 under the heading ‘Murray profits on last 1000 of Descent (Capital)’. Descent 2d ed. was published by John Murray in 1874; the eleventh thousand was published in February 1875 and it is to this that Cooke refers (Freeman 1977; Publishers’ Circular, 16 February 1875, p. 130).


Descent 2d ed.: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874.

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.


Murray wishes to settle payments for Descent [2d ed., 11th thousand]. Over 500 copies of the 1000 printed have been sold.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 482
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10404,” accessed on 23 September 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24