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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   10 December 1859

Down Bromley Kent

December 10th 1859

My dear Sir

I beg leave to acknowledge the safe receipt of, & thank you for, your Bill for £180, due May 27th 1860.—1

Pray believe me | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin To | John Murray Esqe


Murray’s accounts indicate that this was the sum that CD received as his share of the profits on the first edition of Origin (Peckham ed. 1959, p. 775). The sum is recorded in CD’s Account book (Down House MS) under the date of 28 May 1860.


Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


Sends receipt for bill for £180 due 27 May 1860 [for Origin].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.22–23)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2577,” accessed on 13 September 2023,

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