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From Whitwell Elwin to John Murray   3 May 1859

Summary

Charles Lyell has asked WE to pass his opinions on the MS of Origin to CD via Murray. WE is convinced of the value of CD’s researches but "to put forth the theory without the evidence", as in the MS, "would do grievous injustice to his views". The omission of these facts reduces both the philosophical and popular value of the work, by virtue of its dryness.

Supports Charles Lyell’s suggestion that CD should first publish his observations on pigeons with a theoretical outline, for "[e]very body is interested in pigeons". Such a work would generate wider interest and be better understood. A subsequent, larger book would then be approached with impartiality "not to say favour" by a wider public.

Author:  Whitwell Elwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 May 1859
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42197)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2457A

From Ludwik Masłowski to [John Murray?]   25 July 1875

Summary

Has received a confusing set of engravings, with both missing and superfluous illustrations [for Polish translation of Descent].

Author:  Ludwik Masłowski
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  25 July 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10092

From Louis Grenier to John Murray   22 December 1875

Summary

Encloses a letter to be forwarded to CD [see 10212].

Author:  Louis Grenier
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 474
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10211

From John Murray   3 November 1874

Summary

Statement of stock on hand of CD’s works.

Expression, curiously, at a dead stand-still.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 441
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9707

To John Murray   5 November [1874]

Summary

Thanks JM for granting his request. Will write to D. Appleton.

CD is sorry about heavy loss from Expression; still thinks the book will sell in the course of years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 344)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9710

To John Murray   14 December 1874

Summary

Sends a suggested title [for Insectivorous plants?].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  14 Dec 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 342–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9758

To John Murray   23 January [1875–82]

Summary

Thanks for two German letters about translations, which he has answered. The enclosed one contains a proposal for CD’s correspondent to bring out a translation of a very successful German book, and must be answered by the correspondent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 Jan [1875-82]
Classmark:  Swann Auction Galleries (dealers) (14 September 1993)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9828F

To John Murray   16 February [1875]

Summary

Asks whether JM thinks another edition of Variation worth while. Asks because a Polish translation is planned and he would undertake corrections for a 2d edition, but not just for a Polish edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  16 Feb [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 314–15)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9857

From John Murray   17 February [1875]

Summary

JM expresses his willingness to publish a new edition of Variation whenever CD revises it.

Descent [2d ed.] has not sold much since the annual sale – 1300 copies altogether.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Feb [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 444
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9861

From John Murray   23 March [1875]

Summary

Sends CD a cheque for 68 guineas – his two-thirds share of profit on sale of 2000 copies of 2d edition of Descent.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 446
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9899

From John Murray   9 April [1875]

Summary

JM expresses willingness to publish CD’s Climbing plants [2d ed.].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 447
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9921

To John Murray   10 April [1875]

Summary

Is glad JM will publish [Climbing plants] as a separate little book. Some people have been much interested in it, though it has been read by very few.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  10 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 313)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9922

To John Murray   29 April [1875]

Summary

Insectivorous plants will soon be ready to print. Does not know what to advise on size of printing. May sell poorly.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  29 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 312–312A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9955

From John Murray   1 May [1875]

Summary

JM proposes to print 1000 copies [of Insectivorous plants].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 May [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 449
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9964

To John Murray   3 May 1875

Summary

CD proposes setting price [of Insectivorous plants] on a printing of 1000 copies, but to have 250 additional copies printed – with CD paying for paper and press work. JM would not repay CD until 1000 are sold; and profits on the 250 to be divided as usual. CD proposes this because he does not think a second edition will ever be needed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 May 1875
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 310–11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9967

From John Murray   4 May [1875]

Summary

JM agrees to raise number of first printing [of Insectivorous plants] to 1250 if CD will wait for his share of profits until sales reach 750 or 800.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 May [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 450
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9969

To John Murray   5 May 1875

Summary

Agrees not to receive his share of sales on Insectivorous plants until 750 or 800 copies are sold. 1250 to be printed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 May 1875
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 f. 50)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9972

From G. Chiantore to John Murray   18 May 1875

Summary

Editor of L’Unione, Turin, would publish an Italian edition of Variation if the clichés of the English edition were made available at not more than £10.

Author:  G. Chiantore
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  18 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 451
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9981

To John Murray   18 October 1874

Summary

Thanks for Quarterly Review [Oct 1874, containing G. H. Darwin’s letter and a rejoinder]. Is convinced the author is Mivart. Is therefore not surprised at malice in the article attacking his son [George Darwin] and grossly misrepresenting CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  18 Oct 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 345–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9685

To John Murray   6 May [1859]

Summary

CD is convinced that the suggestions [for the Origin?] of both Lyell and Whitwell Elwyn are impracticable.

Will send first six chapters of MS next week. Has taken such pains with it that he hopes corrections will not be heavy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  6 May [1859]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.57–57A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2459
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