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From R. F. Cooke   2 November 1869

50 a, Albemarle Street, London, W.

Nov 2 1869

My dear Sir

Mr. Murray thinks it is much better to engrave the “Monkey’s” &c for ourselves & not write to Paris, so I return the pages you left with me.1

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

C. Darwin Esq


CD had intended to discuss woodcuts for Descent with John Murray during his stay in London from 1 to 9 November 1869 (see letter to John Murray, [after 18 September 1869], and CD’s ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 17, Appendix II)). CD evidently left some pages of drawings with Cooke at Murray’s publishing house, probably earlier in the day on 2 November.


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

Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.


Thinks it best for Murray’s to engrave the "Monkeys", etc. for themselves.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 372
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6968,” accessed on 21 April 2021,

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