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From John Murray   25 October [1866]1

50A Albemarle St. | W.

Oct 25

My Dear Sir

Under the circumstances considering Mess. T & F’s position the best course for me to pursue perhaps is to ask D Appletons Co. agent here if he is willing to take the 250 copies new Edn. as proposed— if not agreed to we must trust to a certain demand for single copies from the US2

Had I contemplated sending away 250 copies, I wd have printed more than 1250 for this Editn 3

My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray

I thank you for your kind & considerate letter of Oct 204

Ch Darwin Esq


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 23 October [1866].
Murray refers to the American publishing firms Ticknor & Fields and D. Appleton & Co. CD had conveyed Asa Gray’s advice that Murray send copies of the fourth edition of Origin for the American market (see letter to John Murray, 23 October [1866] and n. 2).
According to the publisher’s ledger, 1500 copies of the fourth edition of Origin were printed (see Peckham ed. 1959, p. 776).
No letter from CD bearing this date has been found.


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.


Under circumstances [reluctance of Ticknor & Fields to compete with Appleton], best course is to offer Appleton the 250 copies [of 4th English edition of Origin].

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 339
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5255,” accessed on 21 September 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 14