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To John Murray   10 May [1859]1

Down Bromley Kent

Tuesday May 10th.

My dear Sir

I will send tomorrow (Wednesday) the six first Chapters for press.—

I will enclose my address & some few remarks for the Printers.—

I will enclose number of words as now paid to copyist for all chapters after the six first.—

I have found by experience that Printers do not in least care for authors urging on the press-work; but if you were to put this strongly before them, they would keep well ahead & not waste my time.—2 This is of real consequence for my health sake.—

With my sincere thanks for all your kindness | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


Dated by the relationship to the preceding letter.
CD refers to his former experience with the printing firm of William Clowes when he was seeing proofs through the press for Journal of researches 2d ed., also published by John Murray. See Correspondence vol. 3, letter to John Murray, 16 [July 1845].


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Journal of researches 2d ed.: Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of HMS Beagle round the world, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN. 2d edition, corrected, with additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845.


Sends first six chapters [of Origin] for the press. Asks JM to urge printer to keep well ahead of CD so as not to waste time. This is important for his health’s sake.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
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Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.56–57)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2460,” accessed on 19 January 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7