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From John Murray   27 February [1871]1

50, Albemarle St. | W.

Feby 27

My Dear Sir

The first Edition of your new Book is exhausted—2 Pray send me—by bearer if possible, your corrected sheets that I may go to press at once—with a New Edition of at least 1000 copies.

A copy is on its way to Linc Inn Fields—3

Yours Dear Sir very | faithfully | John Murray

Ch. Darwin Esq FRS | &c &c


The year is established by the reference to Descent, which was published on 24 February 1871; a second printing was made in March 1871 (Freeman 1977).
Murray refers to Descent.
The recipient at Lincoln’s Inn Fields was probably James Murie; see letter from James Murie, 2 March 1871. Murie’s name appears on CD’s presentation list for Descent (see Correspondence vol. 19, Appendix IV).


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.

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.


First edition [issue] of Descent is exhausted. Asks CD to send corrections at once for a new printing of at least 1000 copies.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50
Source of text
DAR 171: 390
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7519,” accessed on 1 December 2021,

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