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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   4 May [1873]1

Down, Beckenham, Kent

May 4th

My dear Mr. Murray

I beg you not to announce again my book “on the Evil effects of Interbreeding &c,” for Heaven knows when it will be ready.2 The announcement took me quite by surprise. I am already plagued by foreign Translators, Reviewers, &c.

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to the ‘Evil effects of Interbreeding’; CD began work on the topic on 3 February 1873 (see ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)) and Murray announced the work in April 1873 (see letter to ?, 4 May [1873] and n. 2).
See letter to ?, 4 May [1873] and n. 2. CD’s work was published in 1876 as Cross and self fertilisation.


Cross and self fertilisation: The effects of cross and self fertilisation in the vegetable kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876.


Asks Murray not to announce Cross and self-fertilisation.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
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Source of text
DAR 143: 436
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8897,” accessed on 22 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21