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To John Murray   [23 April 1845]1

Down Bromley Kent


Dear Sir

I am much obliged by your note.— I shall not be ready by the first of May.2 My health is very uncertain & I have now lost a week & therefore I prefer not sending a line to the Printer till I have the corrected copy of the whole 1st No ready.

I presume you are aware that I have the copper plate of the map: according to my own likings & most people, it is a great advantage having a map bound up with any & every work of travels.

About woodcuts. I am not very eager I think, however two or three subjects wd be improved by them.

With respect to the title, I am greatly puzzled, but will think it over; I am of opinion it ought to be called a Journal,—but I will not trouble you at present.

Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin


CD recorded in his ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 3, Appendix II) that he began work on the second edition of Journal of researches on 25 April.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Journal of researches: Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by HMS Beagle, under the command of Captain FitzRoy, RN, from 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Henry Colburn. 1839.


Has lost a week’s work on Journal of researches owing to poor health. Has copperplate of map, and favours inclusion. Thinks book should be called a "Journal".

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.12–12A)
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 858,” accessed on 1 October 2023,

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