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From John Murray   1 April 1865

Summary

Will be proud to publish CD’s new work on domestic animals [Variation]. Will announce it as the complement of the Origin. Advises on woodcuts; does not wish to limit number; agrees to CD’s suggestions for artists.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Apr 1865
Classmark:  DAR 171: 332
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3493

Matches: 18 hits

  • … From John Murray   1 April 1865 …
  • … DAR 171: 332 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 1 Apr 1865 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … 16 December [1859] , and letter to John Murray, 22 December [1859] , and Correspondence …
  • … vol.  9, letters to John Murray, 3 March [1861] and 30 April [1861] ). Variation included …
  • … of the first chapter of Origin. See letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] and n.  2. …
  • … hints for their management. London: John Murray. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works …
  • … Letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] . …
  • … The firm of John Murray published Variation in 1868; they had first published Origin in …
  • … mm (see Freeman 1977 , pp.  84, 124). See also letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] . The references are to George Brettingham …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … Sir | Your faithful & obliged servt | John Murray P S.  As I have been prepared from the …
  • … See n.  3, above. Dixon 1851 . See letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] and n.  17. No …
  • … answers to CD’s enquiry (see letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] ). The 150 copies of …
  • … and Correspondence vol.  10, letter to John Murray, 9 April [1862] ). CD had announced in …

From John Murray   22 November [1875]

Summary

Sends cheques in payment on three of CD’s books.

Proposes to print 500 copies of Insectivorous plants before distributing the type.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 478
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10270

Matches: 12 hits

  • … From John Murray   22 November [1875] …
  • … DAR 171: 478 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 22 Nov [1875] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … for Origin 6th ed. , see Correspondence vol. 22, letter from John Murray, 29 July [1874] . …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 19 November [1875] and n. 2. …
  • … edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Correspondence : The correspondence …
  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Origin 6th ed. : The origin of …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 20 November 1875 . The cheques were for …
  • … and Climbing plants 2d ed. (see letter to John Murray, 20 November 1875 ). CD recorded …
  • … on 23 November 1875. See letter to John Murray, 20 November 1875 and n. 2. On the payment …
  • … 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …
  • … your health I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq r …

From John Murray   10 October [1870]

Summary

Cannot find the [indelicate] passage he referred to in last letter.

Various publication arrangements.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Oct [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 379
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7339

Matches: 13 hits

  • … From John Murray   10 October [1870] …
  • … DAR 171: 379 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 10 Oct [1870] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. …
  • … 1870 (National Library of Scotland, John Murray Archive, Ms.  42153 f.  53). The first …
  • … say to this? I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Charles Darwin Esq …
  • … between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 28 September [1870] . Murray had …
  • … to write the index for Descent (see letter to John Murray, 26 September 1870 , …
  • … and letter from John Murray, 28 September [1870] ). The enclosure has not been found. …
  • … proof-sheets of Descent , see the letter from John Murray, 28 September [1870] and n.   …
  • … 7; see also the letter to John Murray, 29 September [1870] . CD wrote Descent 2: 345 n.   …
  • … William Clowes & Sons. See letter to John Murray, 26 September 1870 . CD had promised the …
  • … stereotypes of the woodcuts (see letter to John Murray, 29 September [1870] and n.  3). …

From John Murray   24 October [1870]

Summary

Sends table of sales [of Journal of researches]. 2000 copies sold since 1860.

Descent has gone to press for 2500 copies.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Oct [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 380
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7350

Matches: 14 hits

  • … From John Murray   24 October [1870] …
  • … DAR 171: 380 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 24 Oct [1870] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … of most of the illustrations in Descent (see letter from John Murray, 10 October [1870] ). …
  • … the sets of clichés? My Dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … 1870 (see n.  8, below). See letter to John Murray, 22 October [1870] . Murray refers to …
  • … earlier editions (see letter to John Murray, 22 October [1870] and n.  3). Journal of …
  • … of researches (1870) . See letter to John Murray, 22 October [1870] . The references are …
  • … translations, and the US edition (letters to John Murray, 26 September 1870  and nn.   1  …
  • … 2d edition]. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1852. Journal of researches (1860): …
  • … Charles Darwin. Reprint edition. London: John Murray. 1860. Journal of researches (1870): …
  • … By Charles Darwin. New edition. London: John Murray. 1870. Journal of researches 2d ed. : …
  • … additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845. Journal of researches : Journal …

From John Murray   27 May [1868]

Summary

Will be glad to see Miss Wedgwood’s MS on Wesley.

The clichés of Fritz Müller’s work [Für Darwin] have arrived.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 May [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 359
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6212

Matches: 12 hits

  • … From John Murray   27 May [1868] …
  • … DAR 171: 359 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 27 May [1868] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … F.  Müller 1864; Dallas trans.  1869). See letter to John Murray, 25 May 1868  and n.  3. …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … I am My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq 0.3 My … her— 1.2] …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation : The variation of …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 25 May 1868 . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 25 May 1868  and n.  1. …
  • … and King 1866; see letter to John Murray, 25 May 1868  and n.  3. CD’s instructions …
  • … missing letter to Murray (see letter to John Murray, 25 May 1868  and n.  2). Canestrini’s …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … refers to Frances Julia Wedgwood and John Wesley. Murray refers to William Ross King …

From John Murray   16 November [1870]

Summary

JM reports 1900 [advance] copies of Descent were taken at his annual sale,

and 340 copies of Origin [5th ed.] were sold.

Sheets for Dutch publisher will be sent to CD immediately. JM cautions against possibility that Dutch edition will anticipate the English.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Nov [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 381
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7372

Matches: 10 hits

  • … From John Murray   16 November [1870] …
  • … DAR 171: 381 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 16 Nov [1870] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … address I am Dear Sir | yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq | &c &c &c …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Origin 5th ed. : On the origin …
  • … 5th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1869. …
  • … the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 15 November [1870] . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 15 November [1870] and n.  2. Murray refers to Origin 5th ed. ( …
  • … Descent (published early in 1871). See letter to John Murray, 15 November [1870] and n.   …
  • … 4. See letter to John Murray, 15 November [1870] and n.  3. The reference is to Hendrik …

From John Murray   28 January [1867]

Summary

JM will publish [Variation] "coute qui coute", paying CD half the profits.

Thinks he can count on 500 purchases of what he calls the "Pièces Justificatives" of the Origin and will print 750 copies.

His literary friend found it "difficult of digestion".

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 344
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5380

Matches: 15 hits

  • … From John Murray   28 January [1867] …
  • … DAR 171: 344 John Murray London, Albemarle St 28 Jan [1867] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … of geology ( C.  Lyell 1867–8 ; see letter from John Murray, 2 January [1867] ). …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 27 January [1867] and n.  1. …
  • … geology. 10th edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Origin : On the origin of species by …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray I hope to return the MS.  this week | JM …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 27 January [1867] . For CD’s …
  • … publish Variation , see the letter to John Murray, 27 January [1867] and n.  3. Murray had …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  14, letter from John Murray, 24 February [1866] ). On CD’s astute …
  • … vol.  14, especially letters to John Murray, 22 February [1866] and 21 and 22  …
  • … 1866] , and this volume, letter to John Murray, 3 January [1867] ). According to Freeman  …
  • Murray refers to John Milton. …

From John Murray   30 January [1867]

Summary

First portion of Variation MS has been set up. Murray will not decide on number to be printed until he has read a good portion. The agreement applies only to the first edition.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 345
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5383

Matches: 9 hits

  • … From John Murray   30 January [1867] …
  • … DAR 171: 345 John Murray London, Albemarle St 30 Jan [1867] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … only to First Edition My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 29 January [1867] . For CD’ …
  • … of Variation , see the letter to John Murray, 29 January [1867] . In 1867, the Saturday …
  • … the publication of Variation , see the letter from John Murray, 28 January [1867] , …
  • … and the letter to John Murray, 29 January [1867] . …

From John Murray   18 October [1866]

Summary

JM states he will publish [Variation] on same basis as Origin, i.e., paying CD two-thirds of the profits.

In response to Asa Gray’s suggestion, he could supply Ticknor & Fields with 250 copies [of Origin, 4th ed.] at half-price.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 338
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5246

Matches: 13 hits

  • … From John Murray   18 October [1866] …
  • … DAR 171: 338 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 18 Oct [1866] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq r End of letter : ‘This …
  • … Origin and Variation (see letter to John Murray, 16 October [1866] and n.  4). Murray …
  • … than Origin. See Correspondence vol.  15, letter from John Murray, 28 January [1867] . …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 16 October [1866] . The works referred …
  • … Orchids , and Variation. For the terms of CD’s agreement with John Murray for Origin , see …
  • … the letter from John Murray, 24 February [1866] and n.  4. Murray refers to Luke …
  • … illustrations for Variation. See letter to John Murray, 16 October [1866] . Ticknor & …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

From John Murray   22 September [1868]

Summary

Lost copy of Variation sent to B. D. Walsh has been traced as far as New York.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 361
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6385

Matches: 8 hits

  • … From John Murray   22 September [1868] …
  • … DAR 171: 361 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 22 Sept [1868] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 18 September [1868] . Murray …
  • … to Benjamin Dann Walsh and Variation (see letter to John Murray, 16 September [1868] , …
  • … and letter from John Murray, 18 September [1868] ). The enclosure has not been found. …
  • … I will not rest until it reaches him Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq …

From John Murray   28 September [1870]

Summary

Various arrangements concerning the publication of Descent. "It will cause men to prick up [their] ears – & to elevate their eyebrows." JM thinks he will venture to print 2500 copies.

Suggests CD tone down as possibly indelicate a passage on proportion of advances made by the two sexes in animals.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Sept [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 378
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7329

Matches: 12 hits

  • … From John Murray   28 September [1870] …
  • … DAR 171: 378 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 28 Sept [1870] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. …
  • … astonish you I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Ch. Darwin Esq r . …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 26 September 1870 . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 26 September 1870  and nn.  1 and 2. …
  • … to William Clowes & Sons. See letter to John Murray, 26 September 1870 . The reference is …
  • … to D.  Appleton & Co. See letter to John Murray, 26 September 1870  and n.  6. …
  • … Cassell, Petter & Galpin. See letter to John Murray, 26 September 1870  and nn.  3 and 7. …
  • … William Sweetland Dallas. See letter to John Murray, 26 September 1870 . Murray may refer …
  • … in Descent 2: 268–73. See the letter from John Murray, 10 October [1870] and n.  3. CD …

From John Murray   23 November [1875]

Summary

JM has printed 16250 copies of Origin since 1859.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 479
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10273

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   23 November [1875] …
  • … Bibliography Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …
  • … DAR 171: 479 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 23 Nov [1875] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … the cheque | I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 23 November 1875 . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 23 November 1875 and n. 2. CD sent a cheque for extra …

From John Murray   26 May [1871]

Summary

Sends two bills [JM’s notes for payments due to CD] for £420 each for 3d issue of Descent.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 May [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 399
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7769

Matches: 8 hits

  • … From John Murray   26 May [1871] …
  • … DAR 171: 399 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 26 May [1871] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 12 March [1871]. Murray was mistaken. …
  • … be sent to Southampton or to Down (see letter to John Murray, 12 May [1871] ). Murray’s …
  • … payment was for the third printing of Descent (see letter from John Murray, 10 May 1871 ). …
  • … remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq Down | Beckenham …

From John Murray   24 February [1866]

Summary

Sends sheets of Origin [4th edition] for CD to correct [for 3d German edition?].

Still has 600 copies of Orchids, but deficit reduced to £30.

Undertakes to pay two-thirds of profits of the [fourth] edition of Origin as soon as one-half of the copies are sold.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 346
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5417

Matches: 12 hits

  • … From John Murray   24 February [1866] …
  • … DAR 171: 346 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 24 Feb [1866] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 22 February [1866] . In order to make …
  • … CD had requested a clean copy of Origin (see letter to John Murray, 22 February [1866] ). …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 22 February [1866] . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 22 February [1866] . Murray made a copy of this sentence that …
  • … Sowerby Jr and Variation. See letter to John Murray, 22 February [1866] and nn.  13 and …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray I have still near 600 copies of the Book …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

From John Murray   20 March [1871]

Summary

Demand [for Descent] is such that JM thinks he will have to print 1000 more copies. Does not want to trouble CD for corrections.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 393
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7604

Matches: 8 hits

  • … From John Murray   20 March [1871] …
  • … DAR 171: 393 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 20 Mar [1871] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … But wish you to have notice—beforehand Yours very faithfully | John Murray Ch Darwin Esq …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 18 March [1871] . Murray refers to …
  • … printing of 2000 copies (see letter from John Murray, 18 March [1871] ). A third printing …
  • … copies appeared in April 1871 ( Freeman 1977 ; letter from John Murray, 10 May 1871 ). …

From John Murray   23 July [1866]

Summary

Will attend to CD’s wishes regarding six presentation copies [of Origin, 4th ed.] for England and America.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 July [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 337
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5164

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   23 July [1866] …
  • … DAR 171: 337 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 23 July [1866] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … delay of publication until November Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 18 July [1866] . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 15 July [1866] and n.   …
  • … 3. See letter from John Murray, 18 July [1866] . …

From John Murray   23 September 1861

Summary

Offers to publish Orchids, giving CD one-half of the profits of each edition.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Sept 1861
Classmark:  DAR 171.3(1): 331
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3261

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   23 September 1861 …
  • … DAR 171.3(1): 331 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 23 Sept 1861 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 21 September [1861] . …
  • … Orchids was published by John Murray in May 1862. …
  • … and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. …
  • … My Dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | John Murray Charles Darwin Esq Verso of letter : ‘who …

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

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   4 May [1875] …
  • … Bibliography Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …
  • … DAR 171: 450 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 4 May [1875] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 3 May 1875 . CD had requested …
  • … in the print run of Insectivorous plants (see letter to John Murray, 3 May 1875 and n. 1). …
  • … 750 or 800— I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq r …

From John Murray   19 September [1867]

Summary

Sends CD cheque for £250, two-thirds of the profits on the sale of 700 copies of Origin, 4th ed.

Hopes he has found a suitable indexer for Variation.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Sept [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 350, 524
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5630

Matches: 11 hits

  • … From John Murray   19 September [1867] …
  • … DAR 171: 350, 524 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 19 Sept [1867] Charles Robert …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … of £12 for presentation copies. See letter to John Murray, 20 September 1867  and n.  2. …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Plant, Marjorie. 1965. The English …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 20 September 1867 . The reference is to …
  • … Sweetland Dallas (see letter from John Murray, 1 November [1867] ). This figure was …
  • … My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray I hope I have found a suitable Index- …
  • … vol.  13, Supplement, letter from John Murray, [1 July – 23 August 1862] ). After …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  10, letter to John Murray, 24 August [1862] and n.  4). Trade …

From John Murray   19 March [1867]

Summary

Agrees that new title of Variation is an improvement. Now thinks 1500 copies a safe number to print.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 347
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5448

Matches: 9 hits

  • … From John Murray   19 March [1867] …
  • … DAR 171: 347 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 19 Mar [1867] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … to adventure I am | My Dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | John Murray Charles Darwin Esq …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 18 March [1867] . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 18 March [1867] and n.  1. …
  • … printing only 750 copies (see letter from John Murray, 28 January [1867] ). CD had asked …
  • … sche Verlagsbuchhandlung has been found in the John Murray Archive ( Virginia Murray, …
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John Murray

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Darwin's most famous book On the origin of species by means of natural selection (Origin) was published on 22 November 1859. The publisher was John Murray, who specialised in non-fiction, particularly politics, travel and science, and had published…

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  • … was published on 22 November 1859. The publisher was John Murray, who specialised in non-fiction, …
  • … his name and in 1768 acquired a publishing house. The third John Murray, who followed his father as …
  • … house; the seventh sold the business in 2002. The  John Murray Archive  was acquired by the  …
  • … University Library  a similar number of letters from John Murray and Robert Cooke, his cousin and …
  • … had proved to be a scientific best-seller for the second John Murray, to open negotiations with his …
  • … began the business relationship between Charles Darwin and John Murray. Darwin’s next …
  • … . Again he asked Lyell to act as his intermediary with John Murray ( Letter 2437 ), who, without …
  • … had paid Darwin profits of nearly £3000. The third John Murray made a successful business …
  • … ). Darwin’s next publishing project with John Murray in 1869 was a translation into English …
  • … in the  Quarterly Review , a magazine published by John Murray.The pamphlets were not primarily …
  • … his orders ( Letter 8616 ). However, when Robert Cooke, John Murray’s cousin, went round to …

List of correspondents

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Below is a list of Darwin's correspondents with the number of letters for each one. Click on a name to see the letters Darwin exchanged with that correspondent.    "A child of God" (1) Abberley,…

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Darwin in letters, 1865: Delays and disappointments

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The year was marked by three deaths of personal significance to Darwin: Hugh Falconer, a friend and supporter; Robert FitzRoy, captain of the Beagle; and William Jackson Hooker, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and father of Darwin’s friend…

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  • … Variation . In March Darwin wrote to his publisher, John Murray, ‘Of present book I have 7 …
  • … forward, except the last & concluding one’ ( letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] ). In …
  • … will be ready for the press in the autumn’ ( letter to John Murray, 4 April [1865] ). In early …
  • … ‘I am never idle when I can do anything’ ( letter to John Murray, 2 June [1865] ). It was not …

Darwin in letters, 1867: A civilised dispute

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Charles Darwin’s major achievement in 1867 was the completion of his large work, The variation of animals and plants under domestication (Variation). The importance of Darwin’s network of correspondents becomes vividly apparent in his work on expression in…

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  • … of the size of the two-volume work from his publisher, John Murray, he wrote to Murray on 3 …
  • … is as good as praise for selling a Book’ ( letter to John Murray, 31 January [1867] ). A …
  • … to translate  Variation . Indeed, he told his publisher, John Murray, in a letter of 4 April …
  • … time it took William Sweetland Dallas to prepare the index. John Murray had engaged Dallas and …

Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

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'My career’, Darwin wrote towards the end of 1872, 'is so nearly closed. . .  What little more I can do, shall be chiefly new work’, and the tenor of his correspondence throughout the year is one of wistful reminiscence, coupled with a keen eye…

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  • … to spread my views’, he wrote to his publisher, John Murray, on 30 January , shortly after …
  • … photographic plates with his overseas publishers, and with John Murray’s assistant, the excitable …
  • … of the booksellers, encouraged an originally cautious John Murray to gamble on the book’s success: & …
  • … attractive dishes in his `Literary Banquet’ (letters from John Murray, 6 November [1872] and 9 …

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

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The year 1874 was one of consolidation, reflection, and turmoil for Darwin. He spent the early months working on second editions of Coral reefs and Descent of man; the rest of the year was mostly devoted to further research on insectivorous plants. A…

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  • … of anonymous reviews. Its proprietor was none other than John Murray, Darwin’s publisher. So …
  • … to review me in a hostile spirit’ ( letter to John Murray, 11 August 1874 ). Darwin was …
  • … number of the Review & in the same type’  ( letter from John Murray, 12 August 1874 ). George …
  • … from E. A. Darwin, 17 [March 1874] ). He tried to persuade John Murray to publish a second edition …
  • … authority on marriage customs in  Descent  ( see letter John Murray, 9 May [1874] ). He …

Rewriting Origin - the later editions

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For such an iconic work, the text of Origin was far from static. It was a living thing that Darwin continued to shape for the rest of his life, refining his ‘one long argument’ through a further five English editions.  Many of his changes were made in…

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  • … a larger target audience were also made.  Darwin persuaded John Murray to include a glossary of …

Women as a scientific audience

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Target audience? | Female readership | Reading Variation Darwin's letters, in particular those exchanged with his editors and publisher, reveal a lot about his intended audience. Regardless of whether or not women were deliberately targeted as a…

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  • … chapters of Origin of Species to his publisher, John Murray. He hopes that his views are …

Darwin in letters, 1871: An emptying nest

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The year 1871 was an extremely busy and productive one for Darwin, with the publication in February of his long-awaited book on human evolution, Descent of man. The other main preoccupation of the year was the preparation of his manuscript on expression.…

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  • … ‘a windbag full of metaphysics & classics’ ( letter to John Murray, 13 April [1871] ). …
  • … he suspected that very few would actually sell (letters to John Murray, 17 August [1871] and …

Origin

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Darwin’s most famous work, Origin, had an inauspicious beginning. It grew out of his wish to establish priority for the species theory he had spent over twenty years researching. Darwin never intended to write Origin, and had resisted suggestions in 1856…

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  • … In late March, Lyell had a word with his own publisher, John Murray, who had already published …

Darwin in letters, 1858-1859: Origin

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The years 1858 and 1859 were, without doubt, the most momentous of Darwin’s life. From a quiet rural existence filled with steady work on his ‘big book’ on species, he was jolted into action by the arrival of an unexpected letter from Alfred Russel Wallace…

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  • … Lyell, 28 March [1859] ). Lyell suggested the firm of John Murray, publishers of the second edition …
  • … letter from Elwin to Murray, 3 May 1859 , and letter to John Murray, 6 May [1859] ). The …
  • … (letters to Charles Lyell, 28 March [1859] , and to John Murray, 10 September [1859] ), but …
  • … would change their minds without good cause.’ ( letter to John Murray, 2 December [1859] ). …

Darwin in letters, 1862: A multiplicity of experiments

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1862 was a particularly productive year for Darwin. This was not only the case in his published output (two botanical papers and a book on the pollination mechanisms of orchids), but more particularly in the extent and breadth of the botanical experiments…

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  • … buy it. When he submitted the manuscript to his publisher, John Murray, he boasted: ‘I can say with …
  • … in the least , whether the Book will sell’ ( letter to John Murray, 9 [February 1862] ). To his …

St George Jackson Mivart

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In the second half of 1874, Darwin’s peace was disturbed by an anonymous article in the Quarterly Review suggesting that his son George was opposed to the institution of marriage and in favour of ‘unrestrained licentiousness’. Darwin suspected, correctly,…

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  • … also wondering whether he should break off relations with John Murray, his own publisher and also …
  • … courteous response, agreeing to all he asked ( letter from John Murray, 12 August 1874 ). …
  • … having been used in a Pickwickian sense’ ( letter to John Murray, 18 October 1874 ). In other …

Darwin in letters, 1868: Studying sex

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The quantity of Darwin’s correspondence increased dramatically in 1868 due largely to his ever-widening research on human evolution and sexual selection.Darwin’s theory of sexual selection as applied to human descent led him to investigate aspects of the…

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  • … domestication . Having been advertised by the publisher John Murray as early as 1865, the two …
  • … in the British Museum, agreed about the authorship. John Murray thought it was by Gray himself, but …
  • … me in the face, but not behind my back’ ( letter to John Murray, 25 February [1868] ). Wallace …

Darwin in letters, 1875: Pulling strings

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‘I am getting sick of insectivorous plants’, Darwin confessed in January 1875. He had worked on the subject intermittently since 1859, and had been steadily engaged on a book manuscript for nine months; January also saw the conclusion of a bitter dispute…

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  • … .’ Hooker also directed some of his anger toward John Murray, the publisher of the …
  • … to pay the costs for printing an additional 250 ( letter to John Murray, 3 May 1875 ). In …

Darwin in letters, 1863: Quarrels at home, honours abroad

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At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of The variation of animals and plants under domestication, anticipating with excitement the construction of a hothouse to accommodate his increasingly varied botanical experiments…

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  • … At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of  The variation of …

John Lort Stokes

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John Lort Stokes, naval officer, was Charles Darwin’s cabinmate on the Beagle voyage – not always an enviable position.  After Darwin’s death, Stokes penned a description of their evenings spent working at the large table at the centre, Stokes at his…

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  • … John Lort Stokes, naval officer, was Charles Darwin’s cabinmate on the Beagle voyage – not …

Darwin in letters,1866: Survival of the fittest

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The year 1866 began well for Charles Darwin, as his health, after several years of illness, was now considerably improved. In February, Darwin received a request from his publisher, John Murray, for a new edition of  Origin. Darwin got the fourth…

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  • … In February, Darwin received a request from his publisher, John Murray, for a new edition of On …
  • … On 21 February Darwin received notification from John Murray that stocks of the third edition of  …
  • … out, ‘business would be totally paralysed’. Similarly, John Murray gave as a reason for his decision …
  • … ‘gaieties travelling & War Bulletins’ ( letter from John Murray, 18 July 1866 ). I …

John Maurice Herbert

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John Maurice Herbert was a close friend of Darwin’s at Cambridge University. He was affectionately called ‘Cherbury’ by Darwin, a reference to the seventeenth-century philosopher Edward Herbert, Baron Cherbury, who, like John Herbert, hailed from…

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  • … chapter. Edited by Francis Darwin. 3 vols. London: John Murray. 1887–8. …

Darwin's in letters, 1873: Animal or vegetable?

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Having laboured for nearly five years on human evolution, sexual selection, and the expression of emotions, Darwin was able to devote 1873 almost exclusively to his beloved plants. He resumed work on the digestive powers of sundews and Venus fly traps, and…

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  • … “for Heaven knows when it will be ready” ( letter to John Murray, 4 May [1873] ). Keeping …
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