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To John Murray   19 February [1871]

Summary

Discusses publication of Descent. Orders copies of vol. 2 sent to Wallace, Mivart, and F. P. Cobbe.

Will attend Athenaeum and vote for RC.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  19 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 280
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7489

To John Murray   23 February 1871

Summary

Receipt for payment by John Murray of £630 for the first edition, consisting of 2500 copies, of Descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 249: 105
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7509A

To John Murray   8 March [1871]

Summary

Asks what his profits on the reprints of Descent will be when half have been sold.

Good reviews in Saturday Review and Pall Mall Gazette;

contemptuous one as usual in Athenæum.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  8 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 222–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7555

To John Murray   13 March 1871

Summary

Pleased about sale and new issue [of Descent]. Discusses presentation copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  13 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 143: 435
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7577

To John Murray   20 March 1871

Summary

Pleased with sum the reprint [of Descent] has produced. Terms of payment accepted.

Thanks JM for Nonconformist [review of Descent, 32 (1871): 240–1].

Would like to see other out-of-way reviews – especially religious.

Other reviews favourable, including Wallace’s [see 7569], which is admirable.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Mar 1871
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 250–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7603

To John Murray   21 March 1871

Summary

Is astonished at sale [of Descent]. Will make no additions, but must correct a few misprints and errors [for third issue].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  21 Mar 1871
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 252)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7608

To John Murray   22 March [1871]

Summary

Has this day sent off corrections for new issue [of Descent]. Asks whether title-page may read "Sixth Thousand".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 58–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7610

To John Murray   23 March 1871

Summary

Amount received from 2d issue of Descent now stands at £840. Would be glad to have 2000 more copies printed because he wants time to collect information for a corrected edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 Mar 1871
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 44–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7613

To John Murray   13 April [1871]

Summary

Has no idea who wrote the Times review [of Descent]. Writer has no knowledge of science and "seems a windbag full of metaphysics & classics".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  13 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 220–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7680

To John Murray   23 April [1871]

Summary

Asks JM to lend him his copy of 1st edition (1806) of Charles Bell’s Anatomy of expression.

JM should tell him when he wants new cheap edition of Origin, so he can arrange his plans and time.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 240–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7709

To John Murray   10 May [1871]

Summary

CD is perplexed about illustrations for Expression, i.e., whether photographs are better than woodcuts. He thinks photographs, but does not know which process is preferable. Asks JM to inquire.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  10 May [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 278–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7749

To John Murray   12 May [1871]

Summary

Will require at least six weeks’ notice before a new edition of Descent has to go to press because of considerable corrections needed.

Thinks cheap edition of Origin is needed, since he could answer objections in it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  12 May [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 244–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7755

To John Murray   27 May [1871]

Summary

Asks JM for final decision about a cheap edition of Origin. Would like to begin soon to revise and answer recent objections.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  27 May [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 287–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7772

To John Murray   3 June [1871]

Summary

Is disappointed at high price, 7s 6d, being considered for the cheap edition of the Origin [6th ed.]. Has been told that, in Lancashire, workmen club together to buy the Origin.

Little chance that Expression will be done this autumn.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 June [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 246–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7798

To John Murray   13 July [1871]

Summary

Thanks JM for Quarterly Review. Its "cutting" article [on Descent, 131 (1871): 47–90] is worthy of Mivart’s skill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  13 July [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 248–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7863

To John Murray   17 August [1871]

Summary

Asks JM whether he will publish 750 copies of a pamphlet [Chauncey Wright’s review of Mivart’s Genesis of species, North Am. Rev. 113 (1871): 63–103] at CD’s expense.

Has been ill so cannot say when he will finish new edition of Origin.

Asks about sales and printing of Descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  17 Aug [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 226–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7907

To John Murray   13 September 1871

Summary

Arrangements for distribution and review of pamphlet [Chauncey Wright’s Darwinism: being an examination of Mr St. G. J. Mivart’s "Genesis of species" (1871)], which CD had reprinted at his own expense.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  13 Sept 1871
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 224–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7940

To John Murray   23 September [1871]

Summary

Has been so unwell that he could do absolutely nothing on Origin [6th ed.]. A new chapter seven has cost much labour.

Sorry to hear R. I. Murchison is ill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 234–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7964

To John Murray   6 October [1871]

Summary

Has finished seven chapters of revision of Origin [6th ed.] despite poor health. Asks JM’s opinion on a glossary of scientific terms. Encloses text for advertisement.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  6 Oct [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 228–31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7988

To John Murray   [1 March 1871]

Summary

Discusses new edition of Descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [1 Mar 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 437
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9237
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