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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   4 March [1868]1

6. Queen Anne St | W

March 4th

My dear Sir

I have just been very much pleased by your note.

Four hundred guineas is a splendid sum & it delights my avaritious soul.—2

I shall not now grudge spending money for aid in my new Book.3

With sincere thanks | My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin—


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 3 March [1868].
CD refers to Descent.


Payment of 400 guineas [Variation royalties] delights CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
London, Queen Anne St, 6
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 f. 36)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5978,” accessed on 1 December 2021,

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