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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   [after 1 July 1870]1

Down, Beckenham, Kent


My dear Sir

On thinking it over I feel more inclined to keep to “The Origin of Man” as the first part of the title to my book.2

Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin

But I will be guided by you.


The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 1 July 1870.
The reference is to Descent. CD vacillated over his choice for a title throughout 1870, finally approving the title in January 1871 (Correspondence vol. 19, letter to Robert Cooke, 12 January [1871]).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Wants to keep "The origin of man" as first part of title of book.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray; John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 143: 273
Physical description
C 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7050,” accessed on 15 April 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18