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Darwin Correspondence Project

To ?   4 May [1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

May 4th

Dear Sir

My publisher announced my book “on the evil effects of Interbreeding &c” without my knowledge, & quite prematurely.2 It will not be published for a year or longer time.3 Whenever it is, I shall have much pleasure in sending you a copy.

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the date of the advertisement for CD’s forthcoming book (see n. 2, below).
See letter from J. V. Carus, [before 8 May 1873]. CD’s book on ‘The Evil Effects of Interbreeding in the Vegetable Kingdom’ was announced in the Athenæum, 19 April 1873, p. 509. John Murray was CD’s publisher.
CD’s work was published in 1876 as Cross and self fertilisation.


Cross and self fertilisation: The effects of cross and self fertilisation in the vegetable kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876.


Explains that his publisher has erred in announcing his book [Cross and self-fertilisation] prematurely. [See 8890 and 8897.]

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
Remember When Auctions (Catalogue 41: 16 March 1997)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8897A,” accessed on 6 December 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21