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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   9 April [1862]

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

April 9th

My dear Sir

The enclosed slip has apparently been sent to me by you by mistake.1

Thanks for your note.2 You are bold man to print 1500 copies, & I hope to Heaven you will not repent it.—3 I shall want about 50 copies for myself.—4

Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


The enclosure has not been found.
Murray’s letter has not been found.
Orchids was offered for sale on 15 May 1862 (Freeman 1977, p. 112). In the letter to John Murray, 21 September [1861] (Correspondence vol. 9), CD warned Murray that Orchids might have limited appeal.
For CD’s presentation list for Orchids, see Correspondence vol. 10, Appendix IV.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 28 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

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.


JM is a bold man to print 1500 copies [of Orchids].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 116–117)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3501,” accessed on 25 June 2022,

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