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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   24 December [1859]

Down Bromley Kent

Dec. 24th

My dear Sir

I return you on the part of my wife her very sincere thanks for your kind present of Mc’Clintock’s work.1 It is beautifully got up & we shall read it with great interest.

I am much obliged about Prof Asa Gray.—

I do not think I shall want 112 dozen copies.— But will you kindly inform me when the Reprint is ready.—2

Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


Francis Leopold McClintock, captain of an expedition in search of John Franklin, had returned in 1859 with conclusive proof of Franklin’s death and the fate of the party. The voyage was described in McClintock 1859, a work published by Murray.
CD refers to the second edition of Origin, published on 7 January 1860 (Freeman 1977, p. 78). According to Murray’s accounts, CD was given eighteen free copies (Peckham ed. 1959, p. 776).


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.

McClintock, Francis Leopold. 1859. The voyage of the Fox in the Arctic seas: a narrative of the discovery of the fate of Sir John Franklin and his companions. London: John Murray.

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.


Thanks JM for present of McClintock’s work [Sir Francis Leopold McClintock, The voyage of the "Fox" in the Arctic seas (1859)], which he and his wife look forward to reading.

Asks to be told when reprint [of Origin] is ready.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.24–25)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2597,” accessed on 22 September 2023,

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