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To John Murray   11 October [1870]1

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Oct 11th

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged for your note; & I am glad to hear about Mr Dallas, but he will want keeping up to the mark.2

I shall be pleased to have a dutch edition of my book, so pray send clean sheets & supply stereotypes of the cuts. But you must inform the publisher that we cannot supply stereotypes of 14 figures from Brehm of which I enclose a list.3 Could you get any payment to me from the dutch gentleman?

My dear Sir, | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

I am so knocked up that I am going to have a week’s rest from correcting.4


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 10 October [1870].
The references are to the letter from John Murray, 10 October [1870], and to William Sweetland Dallas, who had taken longer than expected to complete the index for Variation (see Correspondence vols. 15 and 16).
On the Dutch edition of Descent, and its publisher, see the letter from John Murray, 10 October [1870] and n. 6. CD’s enclosed list of woodcuts from Brehm et al. 1864–9 has not been found, but for its probable contents, see Correspondence vol. 16, letter to Cassell, Petter & Galpin, 31 December 1868 and n. 1.
CD left Down from 13 to 20 October (see ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 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.

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


Glad to hear Dallas will do index of Descent, but he needs keeping up to the mark. Agrees to a Dutch edition.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 41–2)
Physical description
LS(A) 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7341,” accessed on 4 October 2023,

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