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To John Murray   30 [January 1860]

Summary

Suggests it would be easier and cheaper if he were given one or two pages in preface [to Journal of researches] for two or three important errors. Would like to take out one sentence if present preface is not stereotyped. Table of contents is shabby.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  30 [Jan 1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.92–93)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2616

To John Murray   [25 January 1860]

Summary

CD asks how soon JM will go to press with Journal [of researches]; thinks he had better look it over to see if progress of science has made any correction necessary.

P.S. Asa Gray has written that Origin has caused great excitement in U. S. Agassiz has denounced it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [25 Jan 1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.64–67)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2632

To John Murray   23 [January 1860]

Summary

Has agreed to permit P. T. A. Talandier to translate the Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 [Jan 1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.62–63)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2664

From John Murray   27 January 1860

Summary

Presents statement of expenses and anticipated profit of the new edition of 3000 copies [of Origin].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Jan 1860
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41913 p. 78)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2664B

To John Murray   29 January [1860]

Summary

Had forgotten that Journal [of researches] was stereotyped. Not worth while now to improve style. Wants to make a few corrections, if possible, on p. 378.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  29 Jan [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.96–97)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2668

To John Murray   3 February [1860]

Summary

Has not yet obtained information for the most important correction for Journal of researches.

Has told P. T. A. Talandier that JM will declare that CD has full authority to give him right and profit of translation of Origin. Unless he hears by return, CD assumes JM does not object.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 Feb [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.86–87)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2681

To John Murray   4 February [1860]

Summary

Final arrangements for new edition of Journal of researches [1860]. Wants one copy to give to P. L. Sclater, who has aided him.

Asks that copy of Origin be sent immediately to Schweizerbart for German translation.

Asa Gray is going to bring out an edition of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Feb [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.84–85)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2686

To John Murray   5 February [1860]

Summary

Thanks JM for highly flattering extract from German newspaper.

Asks JM to take steps to reserve to CD right of translation in Germany.

If there is to be a new title-page to Journal of researches, it would be a "splendid puff" to put in "7th thousand", or if Colburn’s 1500 can be added: "8th thousand".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 Feb [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.88–89)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2688

To John Murray   4 April [1860]

Summary

Has not yet read Huxley’s review of Origin in Westminster Review [Apr 1860].

F. J. Pictet has published an excellent review, though opposed to CD, in Bibliothèque Universelle de Genève [Mar 1860].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Apr [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 76)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2745

To John Murray   9 April [1860]

Summary

Asks that a copy of Origin [1860] be sent to R. A. von Kölliker.

A venomous review "manifestly by Owen" has appeared in Edinburgh Review.

Sedgwick has been fierce in Spectator, but fair and open.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 Apr [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.90–91)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2752

To John Murray   18 May [1860]

Summary

Thanks for six copies of Journal of researches [1860 ed.].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  18 May [1860]
Classmark:  Dunedin Public Library (Reed collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2810

To John Murray   7 June [1860]

Summary

Asks how Origin [2d ed.] is selling and whether a new edition is likely to be wanted "soon, ever, or never". Asks partly from curiosity, partly because of a break in his work, and the answer will decide what his next job will be.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  7 June [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 79)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2824

To John Murray   3 August [1860]

Summary

Thanks JM for Quarterly Review [July 1860] in which he is "quizzed splendidly". The Bishop [Wilberforce] misrepresents him often, but clever men think they can write a review with very slight knowledge of the book.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 Aug [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.74–75)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2888

To John Murray   12 October [1860]

Summary

Lyell tells CD Origin still sells "pretty well", which pleases and surprises him. If a new edition should be called for, he has a good many corrections and a historical preface for it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  12 Oct [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.82–83)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2947

To John Murray   20 November [1860]

Summary

Hears Origin [2d ed.] was sold out. Next edition will need a good many alterations. Asks JM to provide him with a copy of the second revised U. S. edition. He wants to see how his long corrections look in type.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Nov [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.77–78)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2990

To John Murray   3 December [1860]

Summary

Asks again how great a hurry there is for new edition [of Origin, 3d ed.]. Corrections will enlarge volume by a dozen or twenty pages, plus a short historical sketch. Would like "With Corrections" in title.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.80–81)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3004

To John Murray   5 December [1860]

Summary

Reminds JM that copies of diagram must be printed off [for Origin, 3d ed.]. It must be carefully reproduced or parts of the book will be as unintelligible as Hebrew. Hopes never again to have to make so many additions in order that many rather stupid reviewers will at least understand what he meant.

There is a good article on the Origin in Macmillan’s Magazine [by Henry Fawcett].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.60–61)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3010

To John Murray   22 [November 1860]

Summary

Asks how soon he must send proofs [of Origin, 3d ed.] to printer. His corrections would not take more than three weeks. The longest job will be to glance over the endless reviews to guide him in his corrections.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 [Nov 1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 72–73)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3029
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