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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

From John Murray   10 May 1871

Summary

Offers CD same payment for the 3d issue of Descent as for 2d.

Has bespoke four better drawings of birds in case a 4th issue is needed.

Vanity Fair wants CD’s portrait by Carlo Pellegrini ["Ape"].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 398
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7750

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

From John Murray   26 May [1871]

Summary

Sends two bills [JM’s notes for payments due to CD] for £420 each for 3d issue of Descent.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 May [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 399
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7769

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

From John Murray   31 May [1871]

Summary

On photographic illustrations [for Expression].

Estimates 7s 6d price for a cheap edition of Origin [6th].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 May [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 400
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7784

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

From John Murray   22 September [1871]

Summary

The pamphlet [Chauncey Wright’s review of Mivart, see 7940] has been distributed to friends and to the press.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 402
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7962

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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