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Darwin Correspondence Project

From John Murray   27 January 1860

Jan 27 1860

I have just got in the amount of the Expence of producing the New Edition of 3000 Copies of your Work on Species and I find that after deducting the cost of production including advertising and binding, the Sale of that Number will leave a total profit of £950—two thirds of which will amount to 636. 13. 4 1 for which Sum I am prepared to give you my notes of Hand at 6 & 9 Months from the day of publication according to the terms of our agreement

signed J. Murray

Mem Mr M. offers by Same Letter to give author anything that may be paid by the Americans for early Sheets 2


A correction of this sum has been written on the copy. It reads: ‘633/6/8’. For a transcript of John Murray’s ledger listing the cost of and profits from the first and second editions of Origin, see Peckham ed. 1959, pp. 775–6.


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.


Presents statement of expenses and anticipated profit of the new edition of 3000 copies [of Origin].

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41913 p. 78)
Physical description
CC inc

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2664B,” accessed on 2 October 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 8