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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   22 June 1869

50a, Albemarle Street, London, W.

June 22 1869

My dear Sir

You will have received a copy by Saturday post of the new edition of the Origin.1

I merely write a line to say all your presentation copies have been sent out & that we shall publish the work this week.

We sent by yr directions a set of Electros in Jany last, to Bologna. Are we to make any charge for it & if so to whom?2 At present we have only a memorandum in our books of their being sent.

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Charles Darwin Esq


Cooke refers to the fifth edition of Origin. The Saturday before 22 June 1869 would have been 20 June.
The electrotypes were presumably sent in connection with a prospective translation into Italian of Variation (see Correspondence vol. 16, letter from Giovanni Canestrini, 14 May 1868).


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

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.

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


RC has sent a copy of the new [5th] edition of Origin.

Electrotypes [of Orchids] have been sent to Bologna.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 370
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6794,” accessed on 2 December 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 17