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From John Murray   22 December [1866]1

Albemarle St

Decr 22

My Dear Sir

The copy of your new Edn. addressed to Benj. D. Walsh Esq—was despatched from this in parcel—enclosed to Scribner & Co New York—on the 6th. of August last by Mr Sampson Lowe— I cannot doubt that it has reached its destination ere this. However obeying your injunction I have sent off another copy to care of Baillière—2

I am— | My Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | John Murray

Ch Darwin Esq


The year is established by the reference to the new edition of Origin (see n. 2, below).
CD had arranged for Murray to send an advance copy of the fourth edition of Origin to Benjamin Dann Walsh before receiving instructions from Walsh to send the book to Baillière Bros in New York (see letter from B. D. Walsh, 17 July 1866, and letter to B. D. Walsh, 20 August [1866]). Charles Scribner & Co. was a New York publishing firm. Sampson Low, Son & Marston, sellers of American books, had premises at Milton House, Ludgate Hill, London (Post Office London directory 1866). In his letter of [28 November 1866], Walsh evidently wrote that he had not received the book, but in a part of his letter that is now missing (see letter to B. D. Walsh, 24 December [1866]).


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.

Post Office London directory: Post-Office annual directory. … A list of the principal merchants, traders of eminence, &c. in the cities of London and Westminster, the borough of Southwark, and parts adjacent … general and special information relating to the Post Office. Post Office London directory. London: His Majesty’s Postmaster-General [and others]. 1802–1967.


The presentation copy [of Origin, 4th ed.] was sent to B. D. Walsh in August. Will send another.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St
Source of text
DAR 171: 340
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5317,” accessed on 21 July 2024,

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