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Darwin Correspondence Project

From John Murray   23 September 1861

50A. Albemarle Street, London, W.

Septr 23 1861

My Dear Sir

I have considered attentively your very obliging & considerate note touching the publication of a little Vol. originally intended for Linnæan-Transactions—on the Fertilization of Brit. Orchids by Insects.1 I have no hesitation in offering to print & publish the work including Illustrations at my own sole cost & risque giving you one half of the profits of every Edition. On hearing from you I will insert the announcement on my next Quarterly List—2

I am | My Dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | John Murray

Charles Darwin Esq

CD annotations

Verso of letter: ‘who will cut Title (if altered)’ ink


Orchids was published by John Murray in May 1862.


Orchids: On the various contrivances by which British and foreign orchids are fertilised by insects, and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862.


Offers to publish Orchids, giving CD one-half of the profits of each edition.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171.3(1): 331
Physical description
ALS 1p †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3261,” accessed on 21 February 2024,

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