To John Murray   [after 1 July 1870]1

Down, Beckenham, Kent

Friday

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.

Footnotes

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]).

Bibliography

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

Summary

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

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7050
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
John Murray; John Murray
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 143: 273
Physical description
1p