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To H. W. Bates   31 January [1862]1

Down Bromley Kent

Jan. 31.

My dear Sir

I hope the enclosed note will be satisfactory to you, as far as it goes.2 You see that he wishes to see as much M.S. as you can let him have.— When it comes to negotiation, remember my advice about disposing only of 1st. Edit.3 He will probably offer to take risk & give you a certain share of profit of sales. I believe it is universally thought that Mr Murray can be quite trusted. You must remember that as yet your name is not known to the general public, which necessarily always makes a Publisher cautious.—

I heartily wish you all the success, which I am sure you deserve. If I can do anything whatever for you, it will give me real pleasure.—

In Haste | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


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


Encloses note from Murray, hoping it will be satisfactory. Murray is ready to see as much of MS as possible. Murray is considered honest but may be cautious, since HWB’s name is unknown to the public.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Henry Walter Bates
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Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3424,” accessed on 16 June 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10