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From John Murray   16 November [1870]1

50, Albemarle St. | W.

Novr. 16

My Dear Sir

I think you will not be disappointed when I tell you that 1900 copies were taken of your new Book at my sale on Friday also 340 of Origin of Species.2

Clowes will send you immediatel the fair sheets to within 2 of the end.3 It is prudent to keep back a few sheets in both volumes least any check occurring here—the foreigner shd supplant you at home or anticipate you.

Rotterdam attached to Kramers name will be sufficient address4

I am Dear Sir | yours very faithfully | John Murray

Chas Darwin Esq | &c &c &c


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 15 November [1870].
See letter to John Murray, 15 November [1870] and n. 2. Murray refers to Origin 5th ed. (published in 1869) and Descent (published early in 1871).
See letter to John Murray, 15 November [1870] and n. 3. The reference is to Hendrik Adrianus Kramers.


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

Origin 5th ed.: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. 5th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1869.


JM reports 1900 [advance] copies of Descent were taken at his annual sale,

and 340 copies of Origin [5th ed.] were sold.

Sheets for Dutch publisher will be sent to CD immediately. JM cautions against possibility that Dutch edition will anticipate the English.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50
Source of text
DAR 171: 381
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7372,” accessed on 2 March 2021,

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