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From John Murray   12 February [1868]1

50A, Albemarle St. | W.

Feby 12

My Dear Sir

Your letter of Feby 9 encourages me to push on the new Edition of the Variation—2 You shall, as a matter of course, have some presentation copies.3

In answer to your enquiry, I may tell you that the corrections on the 1st Edition amounted to £176.—4

I have written to Mr Dallas assuring him of your approval of the Index & enclosing him a cheque for 30 Guineas, wch as Indices go, is handsome pay—5

You will have seen, I dare say the first notice of you in the Pall Mall Gaz. of Monday—6 it is written in no unfriendly spirit   As an opening criticism it may be taken as a good augury of the probable reception of the work. Meanwhile the public are very eager for it

I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray

Chas Darwin Esq


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 9 February [1868].
For CD’s presentation list for the second printing of Variation, see Correspondence vol. 16, Appendix IV.
William Sweetland Dallas had prepared the index for Variation. See letter from W. S. Dallas, 11 February 1868.
The first part of a three-part review of Variation appeared in the Pall Mall Gazette for 10 February 1868 ([Lewes] 1868a). See letter to J. D. Hooker, 10 February [1868] and n. 3.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

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


CD’s letter encourages Murray to proceed with a new edition of Variation; corrections will cost £176.

First notice has appeared in Pall Mall Gazette [7 (1868): 555].

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171 : 355
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5869,” accessed on 28 January 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16