# 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