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From R. F. Cooke   6 September 1879

Summary

Murray’s offer to publish Erasmus Darwin. RC states terms and preliminary arrangements.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Sept 1879
Classmark:  DAR 92: B5–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12219

To R. F. Cooke   9 September 1879

Summary

Pleased that JM will allow two-thirds profits [on Erasmus Darwin] for he wants Krause to receive some profit.

He and his son [Francis] are preparing a large botanical work [Movement in plants], dry as dust, which he must publish on commission. He will be lucky to lose only £100.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  9 Sept 1879
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 360–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12222

From R. F. Cooke   11 September 1879

Summary

On cost of the portrait of Dr Darwin, for Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Sept 1879
Classmark:  DAR 171: 502
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12226

To R. F. Cooke   4 October [1879]

Summary

Final arrangements for publishing Erasmus Darwin. If he were publishing on commission he would have printed only 1000 copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  4 Oct [1879]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 362–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12247

From R. F. Cooke   25 October 1879

Summary

Asks CD what title to put on spine of Erasmus Darwin. Suggests 7s 6d as the price.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 92: B3–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12270

To R. F. Cooke   18 November [1879]

Summary

Thinks W. P. Garrison’s book [extracts from Journal of researches for juvenile readers] would serve as an advertisement for the Journal.

Disappointed at sale of Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  18 Nov [1879]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 364–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12327

To John Murray   2 June 1879

Summary

Intends to publish a translation of Ernst Krause’s essay on Dr Erasmus Darwin, with a prefatory notice by himself. Asks JM to decide whether to publish it on commission or on usual two-thirds profit terms. CD incapable of judging chance of its selling.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 June 1879
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 356–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12078

From John Murray   3 June [1879]

Summary

Is well disposed toward publishing Krause’s essay on Dr Erasmus Darwin, particularly if CD undertakes to fill up its gaps. He thinks ED’s reputation is increasing.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 June [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 92: B11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12080

From John Murray   3 September [1879]

Summary

Likes CD’s memoir of his grandfather and offers to publish 1000 copies at his own risk, giving half the profits to CD.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Sept [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 92: B12–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12217

To John Murray   4 September 1879

Summary

Though not sanguine about sale [of Erasmus Darwin] it seems fair that if over 1500 copies are sold he should receive two-thirds profit. If JM does not agree, he would prefer publishing on commission or asking Macmillan if they will give him larger profits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Sept 1879
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 358–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12218
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