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From R. F. Cooke   11 January 1871

50A, Albemarle Street, London, W.

Jany. 11 1871

My dear Sir

Will you look at the enclosed Title page & make any additions or corrections to it & return it for press.1

I have no doubt when the Index is made & set up, you will be very anxious for copies of the work & it would be just as well for us to have Vol 1 put in the Binder’s hands at once; as this will expedite matters.2

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

C. Darwin Esq

I find the Index to your work on Animals & Plants occupies 54 pages

& the one in Origin of Species but 15 pages.3

Have you any idea as to what the Index to the new work will occupy?


Cooke refers to Descent. The enclosure has not been found.
Descent was indexed by William Sweetland Dallas (see Correspondence vol. 18, letter from John Murray, 10 October [1870]).
Cooke refers to Variation and Origin. Dallas also indexed Variation; see Correspondence vols. 15 and 16.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 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.


Sends title-page of Descent for approval. Asks whether CD has any idea of size of index.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 383
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7436,” accessed on 23 September 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19