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Darwin Correspondence Project

From John Murray   23 March [1875]1

50, Albemarle St. | W.

Mar 23

My Dear Sir

Enclosed you will find my cheque for 66 Guis being estimated 23ds profit on the current cheap Edition of your Descent of Man— (2000 copies)2

My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray

Chas Darwin Esq


The year is established by the reference to Descent 2d ed. (see n. 2, below).
The second edition of Descent was published in one volume, priced at 9s. (Publishers’ circular, 18 December 1874, p. 1142). CD recorded the receipt of £66 3s. on 25 March 1875 in his Account books–banking account (Down House MS). Murray evidently intended to write 63 guineas, equivalent to £66 3s. Murray’s ledger entry (National Library of Scotland, John Murray Archive, Ms. 42732, p. 398) was for £66 3s.


Descent 2d ed.: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874.

Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.


Sends CD a cheque for 68 guineas – his two-thirds share of profit on sale of 2000 copies of 2d edition of Descent.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50
Source of text
DAR 171: 446
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9899,” accessed on 19 September 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 23