To Asa Gray 26–7 February 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Gray,
My Bankers told me that this was the only plan by which they could transmit the £7. s10. d0: I hope it will not be troublesome to you.2 Mess Trübner have been most liberal & kind, & say that they shall make no charge for all their trouble. I have settled about a few advertisements; & they will gratuitously insert one in their own periodical.3 If you have any opportunity, would it not be well to write & thank them? They say that 1s would be sufficient price, but as they nevertheless recommended 1s .6d, I have, of course agreed. I have distributed 100 copies to men of science & sent some to Reviewers, Libraries &c. I am heartily rejoiced at this. I believe your pamphlet will do me & Natural Selection, right good service. I think the Title very good,4 but I wish the type had been rather larger, yet this would have cost more. I have not reread it yet, but I see long new note on Heredity.5 The share of freit of Box was only 12s, & the advertisements will be a few pounds, for which I have told Trübner I am responsible; but I hope sale will cover this. Yet all tell me that pamphlets will not sell. By the way the 7.10.0 just covers cost of my 100 copies at 1s .6d each. If the pamphlet shd sell, I will inform you for chance of your being able to send over more. I wish heartily it would sell for my own sake & that some profit might be sent to you.—
Trübner informs me that in Box there was no M.S. bundle for me, (ie S. Wright’s Review). Tr. has written to Liverpool to enquire whether it could have been lost when Box was opened at Custom House.— I hope it is not lost.— Perhaps you addressed it to Williams & Norgate or to Prof. Huxley.—6
My dear Gray | Yours most sincerely | Chas. Darwin
Believes AG’s pamphlet will do natural selection "right good service".