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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   13 September 1871

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Sep 13 1871

My dear Sir

The pamphlet about which I wrote to you will I hope be printed off in a week’s time.1 Please to send me 250 out of the 750 copies addressed to “Orpington Station S.E. Railway”; & kindly send me a postcard informing me when they are despatched. Be so good as to send a copy to all the reviews on your list, especially to all the Scientific Journals & Periodicals & to all medical Journals including Humphrey Journal of Anat. & Physiology.2 I shd think it wd be useless to send it to the great reviews or Daily papers. I shd however like it to be sent to the Spectator, the Field Gardener’s Chron. or any other in which you think there wd be a chance of a notice.

I do not wish to spend more than £5 or £6 in advertisemts: I shd like it to be advertised thrice in “Natur⁠⟨⁠e⁠⟩⁠” twice in the Athen— & once in the Academy.3 I suppose this will consume the greater part of that sum; but pray judge for me about spending the remainder.

I am very much obliged to you for publishing this pamphlet, & remain my dear Sir | yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin


CD refers to Wright 1871b; see letter to John Murray, 17 August [1871] and n. 4.
George Murray Humphry founded the Journal of Anatomy and Physiology in 1867.
Wright 1871b was referred to in the ‘Pamphlets received’ list of Nature, 19 October 1871, p. 500. It was advertised in the Athenæum, 23 September 1871, p. 387, and 30 September 1871, p. 419. It was advertised in the Academy, 1 October 1871, p. 1, and 15 October 1871, p. 1. It was also reviewed in the Academy, 1 October 1871, pp. 459–60.


Arrangements for distribution and review of pamphlet [Chauncey Wright’s Darwinism: being an examination of Mr St. G. J. Mivart’s "Genesis of species" (1871)], which CD had reprinted at his own expense.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 224–5)
Physical description
LS(A) 3pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7940,” accessed on 23 February 2024,

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