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Darwin Correspondence Project

From John Murray Jr   15 September 1874

50A, Albemarle St. | W.

Sep 15/74

My dear Sir.

In the absence of my father I have to acknowledge the receipt by this morning’s post, of your letter & a packet of author’s copy1 The books you enquire after now stand thus—

Naturalists Voyage.2 12th thousand
Origin of Species 13th "
Descent of Man 10th. "
Expression of Emotions 9th "

We are now printing 2000 No. of Descent of Man.

With regard to the Expression I must explain that we have not as yet quite sold off the 7000 No. already accounted for—but we hope to do so, & to begin on the 2000 No. subsequently printed; at our Sale this year, we consider that the 9th. thousand may fairly be quoted.3

I am Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | John Murray jun

Ch Darwin Esq | &c &c &c


John Murray Jr’s father was John Murray (1808–92). CD’s letter has not been found. The ‘author’s copy’ has not been identified.
John Murray (1808–92) customarily held a sale dinner in November, at which he sold books to the principal booksellers (Murray 1908–9, p. 540).


Journal of researches (1870): 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. By Charles Darwin. New edition. London: John Murray. 1870.

Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. Science Progress in the Twentieth Century 3: 537–42.


Sends CD a statement of number of thousands of copies printed thus far [by Murray’s] of: Journal of researches (12), Origin (13), Descent (10), and Expression (9).

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray, Jr; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 440
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9639,” accessed on 2 December 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22