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To Robert Cooke   10 April 1881

Summary

Asks for quick decision on publication [of Earthworms]. Does not care whether it is published on commission or on usual terms, but wants it published in a hurry. Cannot guess at sales.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  10 Apr 1881
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 383–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13110

From Robert Cooke   11 April 1881

Summary

Murray’s will be happy to publish [Earthworms] on usual terms of two-thirds profits.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Apr 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 574
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13112

To Robert Cooke   12 April 1881

Summary

Agrees that new book [Earthworms] be published on old terms. Hopes it will not fail.

CD is curious to read an essay on evolution by a Hindu, which is being sent to Murray from India.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  12 Apr 1881
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 385–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13114

From R. F. Cooke   28 July 1881

Summary

Surprised by CD’s intention to publish [Earthworms] so soon. Remonstrates against doing so. Asks deferment until October to co-ordinate with American publication and ensure best profit.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 July 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 515
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13255

To R. F. Cooke   29 July 1881

Summary

CD thought it was understood that he wanted to publish [Earthworms] at once, but as Murray "has the risk" CD must yield, though it destroys all his satisfaction in the book to have the publication hanging over him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  29 July 1881
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 387–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13256

From R. F. Cooke   30 July 1881

Summary

Hastens to assure CD that his book [Earthworms] will be published as soon as possible, since CD wishes it.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 July 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 516
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13261

To R. F. Cooke   31 July 1881

Summary

CD obliged to Murray for yielding to his wish for prompt publication [of Earthworms] but now uneasy about the risk. If Murray feels it will sell badly at this season he is unwilling to bear the responsibility. Murray should decide as he sees fit. CD is no longer so sulky as when he last wrote.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  31 July 1881
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 389–90)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13265

From Robert Cooke   10 September 1881

Summary

Only 270 copies of Movement in plants remain. Suggests printing another 250 and then breaking up type. If CD agrees, has he any corrections?

Sends a copy of Earthworms.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Sept 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 517
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13329

From Robert Cooke   3 October 1881

Summary

Will send copies [of Earthworms] shortly. Troubled by rumour of a mysterious copy in hands of a reviewer.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 518
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13370

To Robert Cooke   5 October 1881

Summary

Glad book [Earthworms] will soon be published.

G. J. Romanes has copy and often writes reviews for Nature. Probably did not know it was incorrect to publish it prematurely.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  5 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 143: 295
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13372

From Robert Cooke   7 October 1881

Summary

Murray has sold 1200 copies [of Earthworms], so another printing of 500 is proposed. Has CD any corrections to send?

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 519
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13374

From Robert Cooke   8 October 1881

Summary

Will perhaps have to print off 1000 extra copies [of Earthworms]. Electros of the woodcuts are ready for the German edition.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 520
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13378

From Robert Cooke   14 October 1881

Summary

Has sent copies [of Earthworms] to Annals & Magazine of Natural History and to Popular Science Review. If W. S. Dallas edits both, he will have two copies.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 521
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13399

From Robert Cooke   25 October 1881

Summary

Second thousand [of Earthworms] has been exhausted and 3d is being printed. Asks CD to send corrections to the printer.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 522
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13430

To Robert Cooke   [after 25 October 1881?]

Summary

Has no corrections. Pleased at sale of book [Earthworms].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  [after 25 Oct 1881?]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 296
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13433

From Robert Cooke   5 November 1881

Summary

Memorandum: "3500 Worms!!!" sold at annual sale; 117 Movement in plants; 180 "Naturalist" [Journal of researches]; 600 Origin; 320 Descent.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Nov 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 523
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13460

To Robert Cooke   6 November 1881

Summary

Discusses additional printing of Earthworms.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  6 Nov 1881
Classmark:  DAR 143: 297
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13466
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