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From R. F. Cooke   21 April 1875

50A, Albemarle Street, London. W.

April 21 1875

My dear Sir

I hope Messrs. Clowes are getting on as fast as you desire with the proofs of your new work, as the sooner we can publish so much the better.1

You will be glad to hear we have received this morning a remittance from Dr. Kowerskey of St. Peterburgh with an expression of his regret, at the delay.2

I forgot to mention when you were here, that we have still remaining here about 400 copies of “Mr Wright’s pamphlet” & 450 of “Muller’s Facts3

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

Chas. Darwin Esq


William Clowes & Sons were the printers of Insectivorous plants.
Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky had finally paid for the heliotyped plates for the Russian translation of Expression ([Kovalevsky] trans. 1872; see also letter from R. F. Cooke, 19 March 1875). John Murray charged £75 for 1000 plates (Gaisinovich ed. 1988, p. 194); see also Correspondence vol. 20, letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, 8 August [1872].
CD had arranged for John Murray to publish Chauncey Wright’s review of St George Jackson Mivart’s On the genesis of species (Mivart 1871) as a pamphlet (Wright 1871; see Correspondence vol. 19, letter to John Murray, 17 August [1871]). CD had also arranged for Murray to publish a translation of Fritz Müller’s Für Darwin (F. Müller 1864) with the title Facts and arguments for Darwin (Dallas trans. 1869; see Correspondence vol. 17, letter to R. F. Cooke 23 [February 1869]).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.

Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.

[Kovalevsky, Vladimir Onufrievich], trans. 1872. O vyrazhenii oshchushchenii u cheloveka i zhivotnykh. By Charles Darwin. Translated from the author’s proofs under the editorial direction of Prof. A. Kovalevsky. (Russian translation of Expression.) St Petersburg: Tipografia F. S. Sushchinskogo.


V. O. Kovalevsky has paid for the Expression plates.

Still has 400 copies of Chauncey Wright’s pamphlet

and 450 of Müller’s Facts and arguments for Darwin.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 448
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9944,” accessed on 6 May 2021,

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