skip to content

Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   [28 June 1845]1

Down Bromley Kent


Dear Sir

I take the liberty of suggesting that if you send any copies of my Journal to the Periodicals that you would send one to the Gardeners Chronicle; as I have sometimes contributed to it, I think it not unlikely that they would notice it favourably.—2

I shall have the M.S. of the Part II ready in 4 or 5 days.— I presume you will give me a copy of my Journal for myself & shall you think me very unreasonable if I ask you to let me have one dozen copies at prime cost to give to my neighbours & some naturalists who have assisted me.?— Anyhow wd you be so kind as to let me have two copies (one for self & one for Mr. Lyell) as soon as out: if ready before Thursday Morning at noon, send them directed to

“C. Darwin Esqre.

“care of G. Snow

“Nag’s Head


I am sorry to trouble you with so many notes.

Yours sincerely | C. Darwin


The date is based on CD’s previous statement to J. D. Hooker that part one of Journal of researches 2d ed. was to be published on 1 July 1845, a Tuesday (see letter to J. D. Hooker, [27 June 1845]).
The Journal of researches 2d ed. was favourably reviewed in the Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, no. 32, 9 August 1845, p. 546; no. 40, 4 October 1845, p. 675.


Journal of researches 2d ed.: Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of HMS Beagle round the world, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN. 2d edition, corrected, with additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845.


If copies [of part one of Journal of researches] are to be sent to periodicals for review, suggests Gardeners’ Chronicle.

MS for second part will be ready in four to five days.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.19–20)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 881,” accessed on 22 September 2023,

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