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To John Murray   8 May [1861]

Summary

Acknowledges receipt of promissory note for £372 from JM for third edition of Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  8 May [1861]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 f. 26)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3143

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  • … To John Murray   8 May [1861] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 f. …
  • … 26) Charles Robert Darwin Down 8 May [1861] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … Dated by the relationship to the letter from John Murray, 7 May 1861 . …
  • … See letters to John Murray, 30 April [1861] and 3  …
  • … May [1861] , and letter from John Murray, 7 May 1861 . …

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

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  • … 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 …

To John Murray   3 October [1861]

Summary

Would JM object to size of Orchids being same as W. N. Hutchinson, Dog breeding [1850]? Prefers little book, not to look pretentious.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 Oct [1861]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 110–111)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3275

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  • … To John Murray   3 October [1861] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 110–111) Charles Robert Darwin Down 3 Oct [1861] John Murray
  • … is required. 2d edition. London: John Murray. Orchids : On the various contrivances by …
  • … and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. …
  • … the publication of Orchids (see letter from John Murray, 23 September 1861 ). Murray had …
  • … 1850 ) in the Darwin Library–CUL.  See also letter to John Murray, 5 October [1861] . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 24 September [1861] . George Brettingham Sowerby Jr arrived at …

To John Murray   30 April [1861]

Summary

Thanks JM for bill for £480 and sends receipt. Number of copies differs in note and in receipt (2500 and 2000, respectively). Not surprised sale is slackening; number printed was bold. Reminds JM to advertise "with additions and corrections".

Will consult JM on illustrations for Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  30 Apr [1861]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 f. 27)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3129

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  • … To John Murray   30 April [1861] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 f. …
  • … 27) Charles Robert Darwin Down 30 Apr [1861] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … sum to be paid to CD.  See letter to John Murray, 3 May [1861] , and nn.  4 and 5, below. …
  • … The enclosure is in Box 37(3) in the John Murray archive. CD altered the sum to read: ‘ …
  • … C.  Darwin London. April 29/61 Received of John Murray Esq re the Sum of Four and eighty …

To John Murray   3 March [1861]

Summary

Making slow progress with Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 Mar [1861]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 101)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3078

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  • … To John Murray   3 March [1861] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. …
  • … 101) Charles Robert Darwin Down 3 Mar [1861] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … Murray, 3 March 1861 . See letter to John Murray, 24 February [1861] . Murray’s response …

From John Murray   7 May 1861

Summary

Encloses amended note of £372 for third edition of Origin. Provides details of the calculation of profits.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 May 1861
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41913 pp. 107–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3141A

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  • … From John Murray   7 May 1861 …
  • … I remain | Dear Sir | Y rs . Very faithfully | (signed) John Murray C.  Darwin Esq …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41913 …
  • … pp. 107–8) John Murray 7 May 1861 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … See letters to John Murray, 30 April [1861] and 3 May [1861] . According to the terms CD …
  • … Correspondence vol.  7, letter from John Murray, 1 April 1859 ). According to Murray’s …

To John Murray   3 May [1861]

Summary

Regrets the error in the bill and receipt. CD is surprised at so large a reduction in profit in the last edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 May [1861]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 103)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3136

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  • … To John Murray   3 May [1861] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. …
  • … 103) Charles Robert Darwin Down 3 May [1861] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … See the enclosure with the letter to John Murray, 30 April [1861] . Murray had originally …

To John Murray   21 January [1861]

Summary

Thinks third edition of Origin should advertise "additions and corrections", for the additions are important. They will add 30 pages to the book; there will also be a short historical sketch. Asks for some copies for friends.

Also curious to know how Journal of researches has sold. The new issue seemed a rash venture to him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  21 Jan [1861]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.98–99)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3048

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  • … To John Murray   21 January [1861] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.98–99) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 21 Jan [1861] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1861. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  8, letter to John Murray, 22 [November 1860] . The new edition …

To John Murray   24 September [1861]

Summary

Thanks JM for his liberal offer [to publish Orchids]. CD fears the public will not be interested, but thinks it will "do good to the Origin as it will show that I worked hard on details and it will perhaps serve [to] illustrate how Natural History may be worked under the belief of the modification of Species".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  24 Sept [1861]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 108–109B)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3264

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  • … To John Murray   24 September [1861] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 108–109B) Charles Robert Darwin Down 24 Sept [1861] John Murray
  • … See letter from John Murray, 23 September 1861 . Half of the copies printed (under 2000) …
  • … also Correspondence vol.  10, letter to John Murray, 24 August [1862] . See the enclosure …
  • … and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. …

To John Murray   5 October [1861]

Summary

Likes the idea of matching Orchids with Origin. Begs for large print and spacing so that the book will not look "ridiculously small".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 Oct [1861]
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3276A

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  • … To John Murray   5 October [1861] …
  • … Private collection Charles Robert Darwin Down 5 Oct [1861] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. …
  • … publication of Orchids . See letters to John Murray, 21 September [1861] and 3 October [ …
  • … the “Origin of Species”. ’ See letter to John Murray, 24 September [1861] . An embossed …

To John Murray   24 February [1861]

Summary

If JM disapproves of inserting CD’s geological works on back of title-page [of Origin, 3d ed.], he should strike them out. CD cares little. Reminds him to insert "additions and corrections" in advertisements. Sends list for presentation copies.

Asks whether his Journal of researches has sold at all satisfactorily.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  24 Feb [1861]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 100)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3069

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  • … To John Murray   24 February [1861] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. …
  • … 100) Charles Robert Darwin Down 24 Feb [1861] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. South America : Geological …

To John Murray   21 October [1861]

Summary

G. B. Sowerby, Jr has done the drawings for Orchids woodcuts. Calls JM’s attention to the fact that a first-rate cutter must be employed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  21 Oct [1861]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 112–113)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3292

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  • … To John Murray   21 October [1861] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 112–113) Charles Robert Darwin Down 21 Oct [1861] John Murray

To John Murray   21 September [1861]

Summary

Asks JM’s opinion on publishing his MS on orchids. It has new facts, and resembles a Bridgewater Treatise, but only those who care for natural history would be interested. Would share the risk.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  21 Sept [1861]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 106–107)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3259

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  • … To John Murray   21 September [1861] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 106–107) Charles Robert Darwin Down 21 Sept [1861] John Murray
  • … used in Orchids (see Orchids , p.  vi). See letter from John Murray, 23 September 1861 . …
  • … intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Sprengel, Christian Konrad. …

To John Murray   10 September [1861]

Summary

Asks that a copy of Origin [3d ed.] be sent to Mlle Clémence-Auguste Royer; she has arranged with a publisher for a French translation.

Origin is exciting much attention in Germany.

Surprised to receive a Dutch translation.

Has never seen an advertisement [of 3d ed.], which is a pity. Hopes "Bishop of Oxford & Co." have not made JM sorry he published it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  10 Sept [1861]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 104–105)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3250

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  • … To John Murray   10 September [1861] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 104–105) Charles Robert Darwin Down 10 Sept [1861] John Murray
  • … life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Pelzeln, August von. 1861. Bemerkungen …

To H. W. Bates   15 December [1861]

Summary

Praises MS of first chapter of HWB’s book [The naturalist on the river Amazons (1863)]. Suggests he give common names and make comparisons to familiar English species to help readers. Suggests a few changes. Will speak strongly to Murray about publishing whenever HWB is ready.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  15 Dec [1861]
Classmark:  Leeds University Library Special Collections (Brotherton collection) (tipped into a copy of Bates 1892)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3345

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  • … Amazons in 1863. See Correspondence vol.  10, letter to John Murray, 28 January [1862] . …
  • … eleven years of travel. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Correspondence : The correspondence …
  • … Brazil. CD had suggested to Bates that John Murray might be willing to publish his …

To J. D. Hooker   28 September [1861]

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Bates agrees with CD on neuter ants.

Orchids.

Repeating experiment of C. F. v. Gärtner to study Huxley’s idea of physiological species.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  28 Sept [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3268

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  • … D.  Hooker, 24 September [1861] ; see also letter to John Murray, 21 September [1861] , …
  • … and letter from John Murray, 23 September 1861 . Hooker and George Bentham were preparing …
  • … species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Gärtner, Karl Friedrich von. 1844. …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Smith, Frederick. 1855. Catalogue …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To H. W. Bates   25 September [1861]

Summary

Recommends publisher for HWB; admires J. van Voorst but suggests Murray.

In reply to HWB’s letter [missing], comments on neuters and mimicry.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  25 Sept [1861]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3266

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  • … The naturalist on the river Amazons , was published by John Murray in 1863. Charles Lyell …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … an intermediary in CD’s negotiations with John Murray over the publication of Origin . See …
  • … 1859] and 30 March [1859] , and to John Murray, 31 March [1859]. The publishing firm of …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  3, letters to John Murray, 17 March [1845] and 12 April [1845] . …
  • … See Correspondence vol.  10, letter to John Murray, 28 January [1862] . Bates was unaware …

To J. D. Hooker   24 September [1861]

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CD’s orchid paper is to become orchid book [Orchids].

Primula paper is done [Collected papers 2: 45–63].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  24 Sept [1861]
Classmark:  DAR 115: 113
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3263

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  • … the same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Orchids : On the various …
  • … and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. …
  • … of which were copied from Bauer 1830–8 . See letter to John Murray, 21 September [1861] , …
  • … and letter from John Murray, 23 September 1861 . Walter Hood Fitch was the botanical …

To George Maw   17 March [1861]

Summary

Thanks GM for his excellent criticisms. His observations on the classification of minerals force him to "own that classification may be closely like that due to descent yet have no relation to it".

Asks whether GM has observed any cases of "bud-variations".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Maw
Date:  17 Mar [1861]
Classmark:  Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library (MAW/1/4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3090

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  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1866. 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. …

To H. W. Bates   26 March [1861]

Summary

Comments on the great extent of variations and on the acknowledgment of the new idea of greater female variety.

Expresses belief that the glacial period did affect the tropics, though HWB’s arguments have confounded him.

Poses a series of questions concerning sexual selection.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Henry Walter Bates
Date:  26 Mar [1861]
Classmark:  Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3100

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  • … eleven years of travel. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Descent : The descent of man, and …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Origin 4th ed. : On the origin …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1866. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
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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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