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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   20 March [1845]

Down Bromley Kent

March 20th.

Dear Sir

I am much obliged for your note, & have the pleasure of enclosing a copy (on the other side) of the agreement with Mr Colburn.

Believe me | Yours faithfully | C. Darwin London Sept. 22d. 18371

This is to certify that after the completion of the sale of the first Edition of the Voyages of Capts. King, & FitzRoy and Mr. Darwin, Mr Darwin is to be at liberty to publish his own Journal in any manner he pleases, separately from the general narrative, but this permission is not to prevent Capts. King & FitzRoy from continuing to unite it with their own Journals in subsequent editions of the general work | Henry Colburn.


See Correspondence vol. 2, letter to William Shoberl, [22 or 23 September 1837], for CD’s acknowledgment of his copy of this agreement.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 28 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Thanks for note; encloses copy of FitzRoy’s agreement with Henry Colburn [see 379], to the effect that after sale of first edition of Narrative, CD is at liberty to publish his Journal of researches in any manner he chooses.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.8–9)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 843,” accessed on 16 May 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 3