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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   3 May [1861]

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

May 3d

My dear Sir

I am sorry for your sake, as well as my own, for the mistake. I return your Bill & shd be obliged for a new one. I have altered the receipt, whether as altered it will suffice I know not.—1 There were few corrections in the last Edition, though several pages added, yet I am surprised, at so large a reduction of profit, relatively to the last Edition, which since receiving your note, I have calculated.2

Kindly attend to the few points specified in my last note & believe me | My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

Footnotes

See the enclosure with the letter to John Murray, 30 April [1861]. Murray had originally calculated CD’s share of the profits on the third edition of Origin to be £480; the revised figure was £372.
CD received £636 13s. 4d. in royalties on the second edition of Origin (see ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 9, Appendix II) and Peckham ed. 1959, p. 775).

Bibliography

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

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.

Summary

Regrets the error in the bill and receipt. CD is surprised at so large a reduction in profit in the last edition.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-3136
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
John Murray
Sent from
Down
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 103)
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3136,” accessed on 24 September 2020, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-3136.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 9

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