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To R. F. Cooke   14 February [1871]1

Down, Beckenham, Kent. S.E.

Feb. 14th.

My dear Sir

There is no end to my presentation copies, and I add two addresses on next page.2

Mr. Dallas returned all proofs of Index on Friday and I told Mr. Clowes not to send revises to him.3 So thank God the book is off my hands and will soon appear.

I want to beg the favour of you to let me hear, how soon, (if you can judge at all accurately) I shall receive the copies which are to be sent to Orpington to distribute. I particularly want to know on account of leaving home for a short time.4

My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

P.S. Do you by chance know J. Stuart Mill’s address?5


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to R. F. Cooke, 10 February [1871].
CD refers to presentation copies of Descent (see Correspondence vol. 19, Appendix IV); the two addresses were not included in the copyist’s transcription.
William Sweetland Dallas was the indexer of Descent; William Clowes was the printer.
CD stayed at the house of his brother, Erasmus Alvey Darwin, in London, from 23 February to 2 March 1871 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).
No correspondence between CD and John Stuart Mill survives. CD cited Mill in Descent 1: 71 n. 5, 97 n. 32, and 2: 328 n. 23.


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.


Discusses presentation copies [of Descent]. Dallas returned proofs of index on Friday. Asks for John Stuart Mill’s address.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
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Source of text
DAR 143: 279
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7481,” accessed on 26 January 2021,

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