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Darwin Correspondence Project

To R. F. Cooke   10 August [1872]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Aug 10th

My dear Sir

The fair way for the H: Coy: would be (& we could probably compel them to do so legally) to charge us for making 7 or 8 new negatives according to the Printed paper (though they told me they shd. not, if we took many copies) & to charge us for cutting & fixing all the negatives & lettering the Plates; & then to charge per 1000 or 5000 copies for the copies, according to the printed paper which was distinctly given me as an Estimate.—2

Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin

& we could spread the cost of negatives &c. over the copies supplied to Foreigners


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from R. F. Cooke, 9 August 1872.
Cooke was attempting to get an explanation from the Heliotype Company of the price for printing the photographic plates of Expression (see letter from R. F. Cooke, 9 August 1872 and n. 2).


Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.


CD suggests fair way for the Heliotype Company to charge for new negatives and copies of plates.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 257)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8463,” accessed on 12 September 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20