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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   20 [June 1862]1

My dear Sir

One word to make clear (as you are so busy) that it is not at all certain that cuts are wanted by an American Publisher;2 & secondly that I fixed £10 for price for M. Scheweizerbart.—3

Hearty thanks for the 3 cuts for A. Gray4

C. Darwin

Down— 20th— Please remember that M. Scheweizerbart is anxiously wishing for the Electros of all the cuts.—


Dated by the relationship to other letters in May and June 1862 between CD and John Murray and CD and Asa Gray (see nn. 2–4, below).
CD refers to the possibility of an American edition of Orchids (see letter from Asa Gray, 18 May 1862, and letter to John Murray, 13 June [1862]).
Christian Friedrich Schweizerbart wished to publish a German edition of Orchids; CD had told him that he should pay Murray £10 for electrotype plates of the woodcuts from the English edition, but he subsequently told Murray that he regretted not having asked for more (see letter from E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 7 June 1862, and letter to John Murray, 13 June [1862]).
Asa Gray had asked CD whether he could use a number of the illustrations from Orchids for a review of the work (see letter from Asa Gray, 18 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.


It is not certain cuts are wanted by an American publisher [of Orchids].

Has fixed price of £10 for Schweizerbart [Stuttgart publisher].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 124)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3615,” accessed on 22 March 2023,

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