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To John Murray   2 September [1845]

Summary

Encloses signed receipt for promissory note for £150 from John Murray. Hopes to have pleasure of meeting him soon. Is particularly obliged for promise of information on success of volume.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 Sept [1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.1–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-911

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  • … To John Murray   2 September [1845] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.1–2) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 2 Sept [1845] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … for promissory note for £150 from John Murray. Hopes to have pleasure of meeting him soon. …
  • … London Sept 1 st . 1845 Received of John Murray Esq. a Promissory note for One hundred and …

To John Murray   17 [April 1845]

Summary

Pleased to hear that Colburn has behaved more liberally than CD anticipated. Three numbers of the Colonial Library, each of 171 pages, will hold his Journal of researches. Accepts financial arrangements for its publication offered by JM.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  17 [Apr 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.23–23A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-857

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  • … To John Murray   17 [April 1845] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.23–23A) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 17 [Apr 1845] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … on this volume. No agreement has been found at John Murray’s. Journal of researches 2d ed. …
  • … had no map. See letter to John Murray, [4 June 1845] . …
  • … RN. 2d edition, corrected, with additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845. …
  • … Colburn’s letter of agreement is in the John Murray Archive (Ms.42153 ff.6-7) and reads: …

To John Murray   [3 July 1845]

Summary

Thanks JM for present of 12 copies [of first part of Journal of researches, 2d ed.]. MS [of second part] will be sent to printer Monday or Tuesday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [3 July 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 27–28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-885

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  • … To John Murray   [3 July 1845] …
  • … Dated by the relationship to the letter to John Murray, [28 June 1845] . …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 27–28) Charles Robert Darwin Down [3 July 1845] John Murray

To John Murray   27 August [1845]

Summary

Has finished MS for second edition of Journal of researches. Instructs JM regarding author’s copies, and woodcuts; asks to be informed if volume sells well.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  27 Aug [1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.8–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-908

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  • … To John Murray   27 August [1845] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.8–9) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 27 Aug [1845] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … woodcuts for the first edition, which John Murray had presumably obtained from Henry …
  • … at Murray’s expense (see letter to John Murray, [31 May 1845] ). The remaining woodcuts …
  • … Volcanic islands . See letters to John Murray, [31 May 1845] and [27 July 1845] . Hearne …

To John Murray   [10 April 1845]

Summary

Is certain he never signed any paper with Henry Colburn or he would have kept a copy as he did of FitzRoy’s agreement. Wishes JM success in his negotiations with Colburn; asks him to remind Colburn that the copperplate has been left with editor of German edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [10 Apr 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.10–11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-855

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  • … To John Murray   [10 April 1845] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.10–11) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down [10 Apr 1845] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … recorded between the dates of letters to John Murray, [5 April 1845] and 12 April [1845] . …
  • … the text of the agreement see letter to John Murray, 20 March [1845] . Ernst Dieffenbach. …

To John Murray   [5 April 1845]

Summary

Thanks for note. Believes agreement with Henry Colburn does not cover 2d ed. of Journal of researches. Regrets Murray’s Colonial Library series will require one-fifth reduction of text; will consult Lyell on how to reduce scientific part. Prefers that JM consult with Colburn, but in case he declines, encloses draft of letter he would send to Colburn. Anticipates co-operation of Colburn, as he has paid CD nothing for 1st ed. of Journal.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [5 Apr 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.3–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-851

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  • … To John Murray   [5 April 1845] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.3–7) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down [5 Apr 1845] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … the actual date of the Saturday was 5 April. See letter to John Murray, 20 March [1845] . …
  • … agreed to do this, see letters to John Murray, [10 April 1845] , 12 April [1845] , and …

To John Murray   [23 April 1845]

Summary

Has lost a week’s work on Journal of researches owing to poor health. Has copperplate of map, and favours inclusion. Thinks book should be called a "Journal".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [23 Apr 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.12–12A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-858

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  • … To John Murray   [23 April 1845] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.12–12A) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down [23 Apr 1845] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … The Wednesday following letter to John Murray, 17 [April 1845] . CD recorded in his ‘ …

To John Murray   16 [July 1845]

Summary

Sent MS [of second part of Journal of researches] to William Clowes [printer] on the 7th and has had only three sheets for correction. Asks JM to see to it that Messrs Clowes send a sheet a day, as CD’s health is uncertain, and he cannot do more at last moment if sheets accumulate.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  16 [July 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.13–14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-891

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  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.13–14) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 16 [July 1845] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …

To John Murray   [27 July 1845]

Summary

Sent last sheet [of second part of Journal of researches] to printer yesterday. Will send half of MS for next part in four or five days.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [27 July 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.15–16)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-896

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  • … To John Murray   [27 July 1845] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.15–16) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down [27 July 1845] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … edition of CD’s Journal of researches . John Murray was the publisher of Charles Lyell’s …
  • … additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845. Journal of researches : Journal …
  • … Henry Colburn. 1839. Lyell, Charles. 1838. Elements of geology. London: John Murray. …

To John Murray   [26 June 1845]

Summary

Agrees with JM’s criticism of preface [of Journal of researches, 2d ed.].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [26 June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.17–18)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-879

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  • … To John Murray   [26 June 1845] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.17–18) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down [26 June 1845] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …

To John Murray   17 March [1845]

Summary

CD has heard from Lyell that JM is inclined to publish a second edition of Journal of researches. His agreement with Henry Colburn leaves CD free to publish with anyone. Will have no further relations with Colburn. Discusses details of proposed revisions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  17 Mar [1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.354–355)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-841

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  • … To John Murray   17 March [1845] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.354–355) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 17 Mar [1845] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … incident described in CD’s letter to John Murray, 12 April [1845] . The notes were made …
  • … by Murray ( Freeman 1977 , p.  33). John Murray’s Colonial and Home Library was a popular …

To John Murray   [23 June 1845]

Summary

Asks JM to look at William Clowes’s arrangement of the title. CD had intended Journal to stand alone, so scientific part would be less prominent. His health is poor.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [23 June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.21–22)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-878

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  • … To John Murray   [23 June 1845] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.21–22) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down [23 June 1845] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … RN. 2d edition, corrected, with additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845. …

To John Murray   [28 June 1845]

Summary

If copies [of part one of Journal of researches] are to be sent to periodicals for review, suggests Gardeners’ Chronicle.

MS for second part will be ready in four to five days.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [28 June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.19–20)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-881

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  • … To John Murray   [28 June 1845] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.19–20) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down [28 June 1845] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … RN. 2d edition, corrected, with additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845. …

To John Murray   20 [June 1845]

Summary

Writes to report progress on MS of second part [of Journal of researches].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 [June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 33–34)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-877

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  • … To John Murray   20 [June 1845] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 33–34) Charles Robert Darwin Down 20 [June 1845] John Murray
  • … of the three-part issue (see letter to John Murray, [26 June 1845] ). However, such an …

To John Murray   [4 June 1845]

Summary

Obliged to JM for acceding to request for an additional £50 [for Journal of researches, 2d ed.]. Will reconsider title when type is set up. Gives up the map. Writes about other details of publication.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [4 June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f.26)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-875

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  • … To John Murray   [4 June 1845] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f.26) Charles Robert …
  • … Darwin Down [4 June 1845] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …

To John Murray   20 March [1845]

Summary

Thanks for note; encloses copy of FitzRoy’s agreement with Henry Colburn [see 379], to the effect that after sale of first edition of Narrative, CD is at liberty to publish his Journal of researches in any manner he chooses.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Mar [1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.8–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-843

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  • … To John Murray   20 March [1845] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.8–9) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 20 Mar [1845] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …

To John Murray   12 April [1845]

Summary

CD clarifies his relationship with Henry Colburn with regard to a 2d ed. of the Journal of researches. "I never signed any agreement of any kind; but the separate sale of my Journal in the first edition was with my verbal consent & approval."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  12 Apr [1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.4–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-856

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  • … To John Murray   12 April [1845] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.4–5) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 12 Apr [1845] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …

To John Murray   [31 May 1845]

Summary

Will send MS of first part [of Journal of researches] on Thursday morning, enclosing suggested title and dedication. Urges inclusion of map. Requests another £50 for copyright, as offer of £100 was made when only two parts were planned.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [31 May 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.24–25)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-872

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  • … To John Murray   [31 May 1845] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.24–25) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down [31 May 1845] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … was included in the volume (see letter to John Murray, [4 June 1845] ). The scissor-beak, …

To John Murray   [6 June 1845]

Summary

Has sent off MS of first part [of Journal of researches, 2d ed.]. Has so much to add about Fuegians [at beginning of second part] and so much to condense and rewrite in scientific part that he may not have second part ready at end of month; it depends on his health, which is good lately.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [6 June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 29–30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-876

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  • … To John Murray   [6 June 1845] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 29–30) Charles Robert Darwin Down [6 June 1845] John Murray

To John Murray   [23 August 1845]

Summary

Has again overrun his limits [in MS of third part of Journal of researches]. Sends JM a proof sheet of his account of Cape of Good Hope for decision whether to strike it out and save four pages.

Favourable notice of Journal has appeared in Gardeners’ Chronicle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [23 Aug 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 31–32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-903

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  • … To John Murray   [23 August 1845] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 31–32) Charles Robert Darwin Down [23 Aug 1845] John Murray
  • … RN. 2d edition, corrected, with additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845. …
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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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