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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   13 April [1868]1

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

Ap 13.

My dear Sir

Please to send by post a copy of my new book to

Professor G. Boccardo



Please to paste inside the paper sent—

Be so good as to mark outside your name & address in case the postage stamps shd be insufficient.

Dear Sir yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin

Facts and Arguments For Darwin by Fritz Müller with numerous illustrations, and additions by the author.— Translated from the German, by W. S. Dallas.{Cend}


Mr Dallas & self have fixed on a title for the opusculus, which you can announce, when you think fit, but please remember that it will not go to press for 3 months; & secondly that I do not want to go to great expence in advertising.—3 The title was suggested by Sir C. Lyell.—4


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Gerolamo Boccardo, 23 April 1868.
An annotation at the top of the letter records that a copy of Variation was sent to Boccardo on 15 April 1868.
William Sweetland Dallas finished the translation of Müller’s Für Darwin (F. Müller 1864; W. S. Dallas trans. 1869) in November 1868 (letter from W. S. Dallas, 27 November 1868).
Charles Lyell. For more on the title, see the letter to Fritz Müller, 16 March [1868].


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


Asks JM to send Variation to G. Boccardo in Italy.

Sends title (suggested by Lyell) for translation of Fritz Müller’s Für Darwin (which Dallas is translating). CD does not wish to go to great expense in advertising it.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 184–185)
Physical description
3pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6114,” accessed on 24 January 2022,

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