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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Charles Layton   22 November 1869

16 Little Britain (City)

November 22/69


Messrs Appleton & Co (Publishers) New York have directed me to write to you and ask if you will supply them with a Set of Stereotype Plates of your New book for the American Market,1 they will pay the cost of Plates, and give you copyright of 10[per cent] on the sale of copies, same as they do with Profr Huxley, Profr Bain2 and Mr. Herbert Spencer— They would also like to have a Set of Stereotype Plates of New Editn Origin of Species on same terms3   an early reply will oblige

Yours Respectfully | Charles Layton | Agent D. Appleton & Co

To | Mr Darwin

Not knowing your address I send this to care of Mr Murray—4


The reference is to Descent. On the practice of American publishers of printing from stereotypes, see the letter from Orange Judd & Co., 21 April 1869 and n. 3.
The references are to Thomas Henry Huxley and the philosopher Alexander Bain.
The fifth edition of Origin was published in June 1869 (letter from R. F. Cooke, 22 June 1869).
John Murray was CD’s publisher.


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.


Appleton & Co. wish to be supplied with set of stereotype plates of CD’s new book [Descent] for American market; will pay for cost of plates, and 10% of sales to CD.

Also desire plates for new edition of the Origin.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles James (Charles) Layton; D. Appleton & Co
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Little Britain, 16
Source of text
DAR 159: 83a
Physical description
2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7003,” accessed on 18 May 2021,

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