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From Charles Layton   13 August 1872

Littlehampton— Sussex

August 13/72

Dear Sir

Staying here for a holiday, your favour of the 10th. is just received—1 The arrangement you have made with Mr. Murray for Stereo Plates & clichés of 21 Wood blocks for the new book seems very satisfactory at £50—2

Mr. Cooke wrote me sometime since that it was arranged they should supply Impressions of the heliotype Plates, and asked what quantity would be required, as he wished to have an early reply, I ordered 5000 sets, and advised Messrs. Appleton, nothing was said about the cost of these plates and I took it for granted, they would be charged at a fair & moderate price— I shall soon hear if Messrs. Appletons think a larger quantity will be required, though they will most likely write direct to yourself, if not, you will hear again from | Yours Respectfully | Charles Layton | Agent D. Appleton & Co

To | Charles Darwin Esq


CD’s letter to Layton has not been found. Layton, the agent of the US publisher D. Appleton & Co., had been in correspondence with Robert Francis Cooke about the US edition of Expression (see letter from R. F. Cooke, 6 August 1872).
Layton refers to John Murray. See letter to R. F. Cooke, 7 August 1872.


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


Is satisfied with CD’s arrangement with Murray for Appleton’s to pay $50 [pounds or dollars!?] for stereo plates and clichés of 21 woodblocks for CD’s new book [Expression, see 8217]. Has ordered 5000 sets of plate impressions from Robert Cooke at Murray’s.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles James (Charles) Layton; D. Appleton & Co
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 159: 91
Physical description
2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8466,” accessed on 5 March 2021,

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