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To John Murray   31 January [1867]1

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

Jan 31st

My dear Sir

Many thanks. After all I now find, on account of my servant & Horses, I cannot send till Saturday for the M.S. & then my servant can bring all & I will, as soon as it is marked, send all to Mess. Clowes in Stamford St—2

I feel a full conviction that my Chapter on man will excite attention & plenty of abuse & I suppose abuse is as good as praise for selling a Book.—3

Yours sincerely | C. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 30 January [1867].
CD had been writing an additional chapter on humans for Variation that was not included in the manuscript he had sent to Murray (see letter to John Murray, 27 January [1867] and n. 2). Material in the chapter was ultimately used in Descent and Expression.


Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.

Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


Is convinced his chapter on man [for Variation] will excite plenty of attention and abuse, which he supposes is as good as praise for selling a book.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 164–165)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5384,” accessed on 15 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15