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To John Murray   9 April [1862]

Summary

JM is a bold man to print 1500 copies [of Orchids].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 Apr [1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 116–117)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3501

To John Murray   2 May [1862]

Summary

Has returned last page of index [of Orchids]. Hopes JM will reconsider price – 10s seems high. Suggests two reviewers likely to be favourable. Sends list for presentation copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 May [1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 118–119)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3531

To John Murray   13 June [1862]

Summary

CD orders electrotypes for German edition of Orchids.

Asa Gray doubts an American publication is possible but will review it in Sillimans Journal.

[British] botanists have praised it. Other reviews.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  13 June [1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 120–122)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3602

To John Murray   18 [June 1862]

Summary

Superb, but exaggerated, review [of Orchids, by M. J. Berkeley] in London Review [& wkly J. Polit. 4 (1862): 553–4]. Asa Gray thinks almost as highly. "I have not been a fool, as I thought I was, to publish." The Athenæum review will hinder sales greatly.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  18 [June 1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 123)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3609

To John Murray   20 [June 1862]

Summary

It is not certain cuts are wanted by an American publisher [of Orchids].

Has fixed price of £10 for Schweizerbart [Stuttgart publisher].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 [June 1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 124)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3615

To John Murray   24 August [1862]

Summary

CD is well content with sale of 768 copies [of Orchids]. Hopes and expects remainder will ultimately be sold.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  24 Aug [1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 125–126)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3699

To John Murray   7 October [1862?]

Summary

Reports misprint in announcement of his book [Orchids].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  7 Oct [1862?]
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (27 March 1985)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3753A

To John Murray   22 January [1863]

Summary

Asks that a copy of Origin be sent to Thomas Rivers.

Curious about sale of Orchids. It is too stiff for the public. "If praise from Botanists would sell, it would go off well."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 Jan [1863]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 127)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3936

To John Murray   31 March [1865]

Summary

Has made progress [on Variation]. Hopes it will go to press in the autumn. Lists his needs for cuts to be made – altogether 50.

Supposes Origin has ceased selling. Would be sorry to have labour of another edition. A new French edition is wanted.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  31 Mar [1865]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 131–135)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4801

To John Murray   14 April [1865]

Summary

Thanks for advertisement, and pleased Murray likes title (of Variation).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  14 Apr [1865]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (2005, item 20910)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4813F

To John Murray   2 June [1865]

Summary

There is no chance of publication [of Variation] by autumn, because of CD’s illness.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 June [1865]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 130)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4850

To John Murray   22 February [1866]

Summary

CD is pleased [about need for a new edition of Origin] but even more grieved – for it will delay his next book [Variation]. Progress of natural history will make many changes necessary in Origin. Nevertheless, proceeds with 32 more woodcuts for Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 139–142)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5016

To John Murray   28 May [1866]

Summary

Has corrected and improved Origin.

Now hopes to make real progress [on Variation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  28 May [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 143–144)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5103

To John Murray   15 July [1866]

Summary

4th edition of Origin will soon be bound. Suggests sending copies to scientific periodicals that might notice it. Hopes JM will specify in advertisements that the work is corrected and enlarged. Hopes pages will be cut. Only insanity accounts for this not being done in England.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  15 July [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 145–146)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5155

To John Murray   16 October [1866]

Summary

Arrangements for woodcuts [in Variation]. Hopes to be ready to print early in 1867.

Encloses letter from Asa Gray [5160] about Appleton’s refusal to alter their plates for a new edition of Origin.

CD asks JM to consider Gray’s plan to have the English edition compete with the American.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  16 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 147–148)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5245

To John Murray   23 October [1866]

Summary

A letter from Asa Gray informs CD that Ticknor & Fields will not publish a new edition of Origin to compete with Appleton’s unrevised edition. They recommend sending copies of the English edition for the American market.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 151–152)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5253

To John Murray   21 and 22 December [1866]

Summary

Submits the MS of Variation, all excepting the section on Man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  21 and 22 Dec 1866
Classmark:  Herb Sewell (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5314F

To John Murray   3 January [1867]

Summary

Sorry about enormous size of Variation MS, but cannot shorten it now. If JM is afraid to publish, CD will consider agreement cancelled. Suggests he ask someone with judgment to read the MS. Has written concluding chapter on man. Whether it will be included depends on size of volume.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 158–160)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5346

To John Murray   8 January [1867]

Summary

CD annoyed at large size of Variation. Suggests printing detailed parts in small type. JM can, of course, decline to publish altogether.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  8 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 155–157)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5350

To John Murray   10 January [1867]

Summary

Relieved by JM’s note and by his agreement on type size. Is alarmed by what the verdict [on Variation] of JM’s friend will be. He is not a man of science. An unscientific reader would have condemned the Origin. An eminent semi-scientific man thought the Journal of researches not worth publishing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  10 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 166)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5356
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