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From John Murray   21 February [1866]

Summary

Informs CD third edition of Origin is exhausted. Proposes a new edition. Has CD any changes? Since demand is slowing up, proposes printing only 1250 copies and deferring payment of CD’s share until sales have repaid manufacturing costs.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 333
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5014

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

DCP-LETT-5017A

Summary

Undertakes to pay two-thirds of profits of the [fourth] edition of Origin as soon as one-half of the copies are sold.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5017A

From John Murray   25 May [1866]

Summary

Printing [of 4th edition of Origin] nearly complete. Will print 1000 copies which, at present rate of sale, may last three to five years.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 May [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 334
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5099

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

From John Murray   30 May [1866]

Summary

On reflection, in view of the extensive additions CD has made to Origin, has decided to print 1500 copies [of 4th ed.].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 May [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 335
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5105

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

From John Murray   18 July [1866]

Summary

Proposes to delay issue [of 4th ed. of Origin] until November to obtain better market conditions. Now printing 1250 copies.

Explains practice of not cutting pages is due to propensity of English public to read books without buying them.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 July [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 336
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5161

From John Murray   23 July [1866]

Summary

Will attend to CD’s wishes regarding six presentation copies [of Origin, 4th ed.] for England and America.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 July [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 337
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5164

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

From John Murray   18 October [1866]

Summary

JM states he will publish [Variation] on same basis as Origin, i.e., paying CD two-thirds of the profits.

In response to Asa Gray’s suggestion, he could supply Ticknor & Fields with 250 copies [of Origin, 4th ed.] at half-price.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 338
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5246

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

From John Murray   25 October [1866]

Summary

Under circumstances [reluctance of Ticknor & Fields to compete with Appleton], best course is to offer Appleton the 250 copies [of 4th English edition of Origin].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 339
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5255

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

From John Murray   22 December [1866]

Summary

The presentation copy [of Origin, 4th ed.] was sent to B. D. Walsh in August. Will send another.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 340
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5317

From John Murray   24 December [1866]

Summary

Two parcels of MS [of Variation] have arrived. Will proceed with printing immediately after Christmas.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 341
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5322

From John Murray   24 February [1866]

Summary

Sends sheets of Origin [4th edition] for CD to correct [for 3d German edition?].

Still has 600 copies of Orchids, but deficit reduced to £30.

Undertakes to pay two-thirds of profits of the [fourth] edition of Origin as soon as one-half of the copies are sold.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 346
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5417
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