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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   20 March [1867]1

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

March 20th.

My dear Sir

The new title is fixed.2 Many thanks about the clean sheets. I will not forget about the other german publisher.3 With respect to the number of copies I am in that useful frame of mind that when you propose a small number I wish for more & now that you propose 1500 I am frightened so my opinion goes for nothing.4

My dear Sir | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 19 March [1867].
Murray had agreed to send extra sets of proof-sheets for the German and Russian translations of Variation, and had reported that another German publisher was interested in bringing out a German translation of Variation (see letter from John Murray, 19 March [1867] and n. 5).


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


The new title is fixed. Thanks for clean sheets. As to number of copies, now that JM proposes 1500, CD is frightened.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 169–170)
Physical description
LS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5450,” accessed on 16 May 2022,

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