From Asa Gray 20 February 1860
Feb. 20, 1860
My Dear Darwin,
I got this to-day.1 I send Appletons, now, the sheets of ed. 2, & your additions appended in their places.2 I promised the Historical Preface next week,3 and I put it in their hands— trusting to their promise of 5 percent and to their honor for more if they are not molested by reprinters, which we shall keep off.
The offer of check for £50—(which I might send to Mrs. Darwin for pin-money, since you scorn it) tempts me,—but I think it wiser to wait and hope for more.4
I mailed you a clean copy of my Review. I have sent it to Agassiz. He is childishly apt to be offended at any opposition, but I have, as you see been very careful to avoid all cause of personal offence.5
Ever, Dear Darwin, | Yours cordially | Asa Gray
New York Feb 17/60 Dear Sir
Yr favor of 15th. is at hand. We cant say what we can do respecting the notes & additions till we see them but we shall be anxious to make our edition conform to any future English Edn.—6
You are under a mistake in supposing that new matter unpublished in England secures a copyright in this country if written by Mr. Darwin—on the contrary if the entire work had never been published in England and first appeared here no copyright would hold in this country as no one can hold a copyright here for what he has written unless he be a citizen of the U.S—
We proposed to ourselves to pay 5% on retail price as suggested in yr letter as there is no reason why a work without any legal rights, shd pay the same as one that is secured by law— We desire to act liberally altho‘ we printed the work after it had reached this country some little time; not having rec’d even early sheets which is usual when any payments are made.
We regret very much there is no protection to the foreign author, think it a monstrous shame, but we are obliged to take things as they actually exist— We are quite willing if it wd. be agreeable to Mr Darwin to send him a check for 50£ stg. and very likely that will be as much as he could receive by the sales.
We remain | Very respectfully | D. Appleton & Co
Arrangements for the American edition of Origin.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2706,” accessed on 24 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2706