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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Asa Gray   18 May 1868

Cambridge Mass.

May 18, 1868.

Dear Darwin

Shortly after I got nicely bound the sheets I received of the reprint of your book, I received from Murray a copy in boards & cloth.1 This I passed over to American Academy, which herewith sends thanks, & is much pleased.

I think you have full set of Academy’s Proceedings. If not & you c⁠⟨⁠a⁠⟩⁠re for them, let me know.2

Send Academy some day your Orchid-book.3 Then they will have all.

The American reprint of your book is not very nicely printed.4 I hope it will sell well. Various notices have appeared—but the more important ones yet to come. I have seen none yet worth sending to you.

I hope that Thurber5 has sent back to you safely the marked sheets. In worst haste | Ever Yours | A. G⁠⟨⁠ray⁠⟩⁠


CD had been sending Gray proof-sheets of Variation (see Correspondence vol. 15, letter from Asa Gray, 18 November 1867 and n. 1). Gray’s name appears on CD’s presentation list for Variation (see Correspondence vol.16, Appendix IV). His copy was evidently sent to him by John Murray, CD’s publisher.
CD’s copies of the Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, dating from 1848 onwards, are in the unbound journal collection in the Darwin Archive–CUL.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 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.


Has passed on copy of Variation to American Academy [of Arts and Sciences]. The U. S. reprint is not very nicely printed.

Letter details

Letter no.
Asa Gray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Cambridge, Mass.
Source of text
DAR 165: 163
Physical description
ALS 1p damaged

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6179,” accessed on 30 May 2023,

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