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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 …

To John Murray   2 June [1865]

Summary

There is no chance of publication [of Variation] by autumn, because of CD’s illness.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 June [1865]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 130)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4850

Matches: 12 hits

  • … To John Murray   2 June [1865] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. …
  • … 130) Charles Robert Darwin Down 2 June [1865] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … press in early autumn (see letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] ). CD agreed to Murray’s …
  • … be ready by autumn would depend on his health (see letter from John Murray, 1 April 1865 , …
  • … and letter to John Murray, 4 April [1865] and n.   …
  • … 3). See letter from John Murray, 1 April  …
  • … 1865 , letter to John Murray, 4 April [1865] , and letter from W.   …
  • … B.  Tegetmeier to John Murray and R.  F.  Cooke, 17 April 1865. …
  • … April 1865, p.  427 (see letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] and n.  2). He advertised …

To John Murray   14 April [1865]

Summary

Thanks for advertisement, and pleased Murray likes title (of Variation).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  14 Apr [1865]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (2005, item 20910)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4813F

Matches: 6 hits

  • … To John Murray   14 April [1865] …
  • … John Wilson (dealer) (2005, item 20910) Charles Robert Darwin 14 Apr [1865] John Murray
  • … see Correspondence vol.  13, letter to John Murray, 2 June [1865] ). Variation was not …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … by the relationship between this letter, the letter from John Murray, 1 April 1865 , …
  • … and the letter to John Murray, 4 April [1865] ( Correspondence vol.  13). Murray …

To John Murray   31 March [1865]

Summary

Has made progress [on Variation]. Hopes it will go to press in the autumn. Lists his needs for cuts to be made – altogether 50.

Supposes Origin has ceased selling. Would be sorry to have labour of another edition. A new French edition is wanted.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  31 Mar [1865]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 131–135)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4801

Matches: 13 hits

  • … To John Murray   31 March [1865] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 131–135) Charles Robert Darwin Down 31 Mar [1865] John Murray
  • … between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 1 April 1865 . The enclosure has not …
  • … under Domestication’. See also letter to John Murray, 2 June [1865] and n.  3. Variation …
  • … 3, and Correspondence vol.  9, letter to John Murray, 21 September [1861] and n.  4). See …
  • … hints for their management. London: John Murray. Fossil Cirripedia (1854): A monograph of …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. South America : Geological …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … of Orchids , 580 remained unsold (see letter from John Murray, 1 April 1865  and n.  7). …
  • … also Correspondence vol.  10, letter to John Murray, 9 April [1862] , and Freeman 1977 , …

To John Murray   4 April [1865]

Summary

Discusses proposed publication of Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Apr [1865]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 434
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3494

Matches: 6 hits

  • … To John Murray   4 April [1865] …
  • … DAR 143: 434 Charles Robert Darwin Down 4 Apr [1865] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 1 April 1865 . …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 1 April 1865 . CD recorded that he became ill on 22 April  …

From W. B. Tegetmeier to John Murray and Robert Francis Cooke   17 April 1865

Summary

CD has asked him to supervise drawings of pigeons and fowls [for Variation]. Sends estimates for drawings and engravings by artists who do such work for the Field.

Author:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Addressee:  John Murray; Robert Francis Cooke
Date:  17 Apr 1865
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 136–138)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4815

Matches: 5 hits

  • … From W.  B.  Tegetmeier to John Murray and Robert Francis Cooke   17 April 1865 …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 136– …
  • … 138) William Bernhard Tegetmeier Muswell Hill 17 Apr 1865 John Murray Robert Francis Cooke …
  • … Tegetmeier, W. B. Murray, John (b) Cooke, R. F. …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   6 April [1865]

Summary

Instructions for Luke Wells about woodcuts for Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  6 Apr [1865]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4804

Matches: 7 hits

  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … 3. John Murray had asked CD to correspond with his cousin and partner Robert Francis …
  • … while Murray was in France for three weeks (see letter from John Murray, 1 April 1865 ). …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 1 April 1865 . …
  • … Letter from John Murray, 1 April 1865 . The note has not been found. Luke Wells was the …
  • … 14 March [1865] and [7 April 1865] . See letter to John Murray, 4 April [1865] and n.   …
  • … has not been found. See letter from John Murray, 1 April 1865 . CD refers to Wells’s …

From R. F. Cooke to W. B. Tegetmeier   18 April 1865

Summary

Concerning an illustration for CD’s book.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  18 Apr 1865
Classmark:  DAR 148: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4815F

Matches: 3 hits

  • … See letter from W.  B.  Tegetmeier to John Murray and R.  F.  Cooke, …
  • … 17 April 1865. Luke Wells. John Murray. See letter from W.   …
  • … B.  Tegetmeier to John Murray and R.  F.  Cooke, 17 April 1865. …

To Charles Lyell   21 February [1865]

Summary

Belated thanks to CL for copy of Elements. Praises CL’s work. Notes especially Atlantic continents, the Weald, the Purbeck beds, glacial action, and the formation of lake-basins.

Also mentions account of Heer’s work

and CD’s disagreement with J. D. Forbes.

Suggests that CL have Murray print a two-volume edition [of the Elements].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  21 Feb [1865]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.306)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4775

Matches: 6 hits

  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1860. Origin 3d ed. : On the origin of …
  • … 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. …
  • … are in total 809 pages in C.  Lyell 1865 . John Murray published C.  Lyell 1865 . Sheets …
  • … monuments. 6th edition, revised. London: John Murray. Marginalia : Charles Darwin’s …
  • … to causes now in operation. 3 vols. London: John Murray. Lyell, Charles. 1865. Elements of …

From James Shaw   20 November 1865

Summary

Praises CD’s theory.

Comments on criticism of CD’s work by Duke of Argyll.

Beauty in nature as caused by sexual selection.

Author:  James Shaw
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Nov 1865
Classmark:  DAR 177: 149
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4939

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  • … Carlyle] 1838 , p.  37). Shaw refers to the Athenæum and to CD’s publisher, John Murray. …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Secord, James Andrew. 2000. …

To Charles Lyell   22 January [1865]

Summary

Criticises Duke of Argyll’s address [to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1864)] and demurs on Argyll’s "new birth" theory.

Agrees with CL on beauty.

Enjoyed hearing of Princess Royal’s discussion [on Darwinism].

CD’s illness.

CL’s advice on chapter [of Variation] on dogs was excellent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  22 Jan [1865]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.304)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4752

Matches: 7 hits

  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Journal of researches : Journal …
  • … 6th edition, revised. London: John Murray. Notebooks : Charles Darwin’s notebooks, 1836– …
  • … corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1861. Origin 4th ed. : On the origin …
  • … 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 …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. Zoology : The zoology of the voyage …
  • … intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin 3d ed. : On the origin …

From Edward Perceval Wright   24 March 1865

Summary

Thanks CD for subscribing to the Cybele Hibernica.

Reports some observations made on the common buffaloes of India seen swimming and diving in 12ft of floodwater in order to crop the herbage beneath.

Author:  Edward Perceval Wright
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Mar 1865
Classmark:  DAR 181: 174
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4793

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  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1860. Origin 6th ed. : The origin of …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation : The variation of …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. Wright, Edward Perceval. 1864. On a …

From Richard Spruce   [1865–77]

Summary

Notes on various instances of dimorphic stamens.

Author:  Richard Spruce
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1865–77]
Classmark:  DAR 109: B119
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4372

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  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Forms of flowers : The different …
  • … species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Gray, Asa. 1865d. New or little- …

From Fritz Müller   5 November 1865

Summary

Thanks CD for the copy of Orchids and papers on Linum and Lythrum [Collected papers 2: 93–105; 106–31].

Intends to travel to the River Itajahy and will make observations on climbing plants. Is not sure whether Dalbergia is a winding plant.

CD has changed FM’s whole perception of nature.

CD has helped him to understand distribution of coastal flora.

The vegetation on Desterro is changing.

Louis Agassiz is seeking evidence against transmutation in the distribution of the fish in the Amazon.

Author:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Nov 1865
Classmark:  Möller 1915–21, 2: 76–7.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4929A

Matches: 5 hits

  • … edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. ‘Climbing plants’: On the movements …
  • … same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Orchids 2d ed. : The various …
  • … Charles Darwin. 2d edition, revised. London: John Murray. 1877. Orchids : On the various …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. ‘Three forms of Lythrum salicaria ’: …

To W. B. Tegetmeier   28 March [1865]

Summary

Arrangements for woodcuts for Variation.

WBT’s excellent article on crossing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  28 Mar [1865]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4798

Matches: 3 hits

  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … see letter from W.  B.  Tegetmeier, 27 March 1865 ). John Murray was CD’s publisher. …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] . Tegetmeier had offered to lend CD the …

To Asa Gray   19 October [1865]

Summary

AG’s article on climbing plants [Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 40 (1865): 273–82] is admirable and complimentary.

Reports Fritz Müller’s observations on climbers.

Experiments on dimorphism with Mitchella and Pulmonaria.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  19 Oct [1865]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (93)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4919

Matches: 5 hits

  • … edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. ‘Climbing plants’: On the movements …
  • … not published until 1868 (see letter to John Murray, 2 June [1865] , n.  1). Joseph Dalton …
  • … species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Gray, Asa. 1865–6. On the movements …
  • … of travel in Yucatan. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Variation : The variation of animals …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

From John Scott   20 January 1865

Summary

Comments on his Primula paper [see 4213].

Describes his situation in Calcutta.

Author:  John Scott
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Jan 1865
Classmark:  DAR 177: 114
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4751

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  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Markham, Clements Robert. 1880. …
  • … cultivation into British India. London: John Murray. Origin : On the origin of species by …
  • … life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Scott, John. 1867. On the reproductive …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To Charles Lyell   25 March [1865]

Summary

Mentions Miss Buckley’s information on roosting in trees [see Variation 1: 181 n.].

Refers to Duke [of Argyll] and his Lamarckian view of change.

Roosting habits and behaviour of pigeons in Egypt.

Criticises Herbert Spencer’s works.

Has finished Elements; comments on Laurentian stages.

Remarks on his health

and forthcoming work [Variation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  25 Mar [1865]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.307)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4794

Matches: 4 hits

  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Spencer, Herbert. 1860–2. First …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … monuments. 6th edition, revised. London: John Murray. Marginalia : Charles Darwin’s …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1861. Origin : On the origin of …

From W. B. Tegetmeier   10 April 1865

Summary

MS [of CD’s pigeon chapter] arrived safely.

Pigeon and poultry engravings [for Variation].

Author:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Apr 1865
Classmark:  DAR 178: 67
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4808

Matches: 3 hits

  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. Yarrell, William. 1836. A history of …
  • … Wells send an estimate of the cost of the engravings to John Murray. See letter from W.   …
  • … B.  Tegetmeier to John Murray and R.  F.  Cooke, 17 April 1865. William Yarrell had helped …

To James Shaw   30 November 1865

Summary

Gratified that JS defends views of Origin.

Thinks beauty of flowers is solely to attract insects.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Shaw
Date:  30 Nov 1865
Classmark:  R. Wallace ed. 1899, p. lvi.
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4943

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Orchids : On the various contrivances …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin 4th ed. : On the …
  • … 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

Summary

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

Summary

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?

Summary

'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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