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To John Murray   [23 April 1845]1

Down Bromley Kent

Wednesday

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

Footnotes

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.

Bibliography

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 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.

Summary

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.
DCP-LETT-858
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
John Murray
Sent from
Down
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.12–12A)
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 858,” accessed on 20 November 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-858.xml

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

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