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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   16 March 1877

50A, Albemarle Street, London. W.

March 16 1877

My dear Sir

I have the pleasure of enclosing you Mr Murray’s cheque for £140 on a/c of the present edition of Cross & Self Fertilization (1500) which are nearly all exhausted.

Also £120 on a/c of the present edition (1250) of Origin of Species, of which we still have in stock about 500 copies, but the expenses have all been paid & we are sure of their moving off soon.1

I hope this may be satisfactory & With Mr Murray’s & my own compliments

Believe me | Faithfully Yours | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esq


John Murray was CD’s publisher. CD recorded the receipt of £140 for profits from Cross and self fertilisation, and £120 for Origin (1876), from Murray in his Account books–banking account (Down House MS) on 17 March 1877.


Cross and self fertilisation: The effects of cross and self fertilisation in the vegetable kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876.

Origin (1876): The origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. 6th edition, with additions and corrections to 1872. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876.


Sends cheques in payment of CD’s share of profits on Cross and self-fertilisation, now nearly exhausted,

and the latest printing of Origin.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 485
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10896,” accessed on 17 April 2024,