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From John Murray   18 October [1866]

Summary

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

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

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

Matches: 13 hits

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

From John Murray   24 February [1866]

Summary

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

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

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

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

Matches: 12 hits

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

From John Murray   23 July [1866]

Summary

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

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

Matches: 7 hits

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

To John Murray   28 May [1866]

Summary

Has corrected and improved Origin.

Now hopes to make real progress [on Variation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  28 May [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 143–144)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5103

Matches: 10 hits

  • … To John Murray   28 May [1866] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 143–144) Charles Robert Darwin Down 28 May [1866] John Murray
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation : The variation of …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 25 May [1866] . …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 25 May [1866] and n.  2. CD had been revising Origin since 1  …
  • … new edition was called for (see letter from John Murray, 21 February [1866] ). The fourth …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  9, letter to John Murray, 30 April [1861] ). In a letter to H.   …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To John Murray   22 February [1866]

Summary

CD is pleased [about need for a new edition of Origin] but even more grieved – for it will delay his next book [Variation]. Progress of natural history will make many changes necessary in Origin. Nevertheless, proceeds with 32 more woodcuts for Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 139–142)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5016

Matches: 14 hits

  • … To John Murray   22 February [1866] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 139–142) Charles Robert Darwin Down 22 Feb [1866] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Post Office directory of the six …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … fourth edition of Origin ; see letter from John Murray, 21 February [1866] . CD refers to …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  13, letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] and n.  4). No record …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  13, letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] and n.  4. CD refers …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … publication costs. See letter from John Murray, 21 February [1866] . Murray had allowed CD …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  11, letter to John Murray, 22 January [1863] and n.  3). For more …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  13, letters to John Murray, 31 March [1865] , 4 April [1865] , …
  • … and 2 June [1865] , and letter from John Murray, 1 April 1865 . The ten woodcuts of …

From John Murray   30 May [1866]

Summary

On reflection, in view of the extensive additions CD has made to Origin, has decided to print 1500 copies [of 4th ed.].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 May [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 335
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5105

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   30 May [1866] …
  • … DAR 171: 335 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 30 May [1866] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 28 May [1866] . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 28 May [1866] . Murray had …
  • … print 1000 copies (see letter from John Murray, 25 May [1866] and n.  2). See Appendix IV …
  • … n for yourself I remain | My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Ch Darwin Esq …

From John Murray   24 December [1866]

Summary

Two parcels of MS [of Variation] have arrived. Will proceed with printing immediately after Christmas.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 341
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5322

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   24 December [1866] …
  • … DAR 171: 341 John Murray London, Albemarle St 24 Dec [1866] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 21 and 22 December [1866] . CD had sent …
  • … size, and two possible titles (see letter to John Murray, 21 and 22 December [1866] ). …
  • … of the Season & to remain My Dear Sir | yours very faithfully | John Murray Ch Darwin Esq …

To John Murray   15 July [1866]

Summary

4th edition of Origin will soon be bound. Suggests sending copies to scientific periodicals that might notice it. Hopes JM will specify in advertisements that the work is corrected and enlarged. Hopes pages will be cut. Only insanity accounts for this not being done in England.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  15 July [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 145–146)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5155

Matches: 9 hits

  • … To John Murray   15 July [1866] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 145–146) Charles Robert Darwin Down 15 July [1866] John Murray
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Owen, Richard. 1866–8. On the …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … this letter and the letter from John Murray, 25 May [1866] . Although Murray printed the …
  • … has not been found; see also letter from John Murray, 23 July [1866] . CD also prepared a …
  • … to Murray in December (see letter to John Murray, 21 and 22 December [ 1866] ). For more …

From John Murray   25 May [1866]

Summary

Printing [of 4th edition of Origin] nearly complete. Will print 1000 copies which, at present rate of sale, may last three to five years.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 May [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 334
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5099

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   25 May [1866] …
  • … DAR 171: 334 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 25 May [1866] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … 1866  and n.  3. CD’s annotations were made for his letter to John Murray, 28 May [1866] . …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq 2.1 I rejoice … improved] …
  • … Circular 1866). See also letter from John Murray, 30 May [1866] . CD attended a reception …

To John Murray   16 October [1866]

Summary

Arrangements for woodcuts [in Variation]. Hopes to be ready to print early in 1867.

Encloses letter from Asa Gray [5160] about Appleton’s refusal to alter their plates for a new edition of Origin.

CD asks JM to consider Gray’s plan to have the English edition compete with the American.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  16 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 147–148)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5245

Matches: 9 hits

  • … To John Murray   16 October [1866] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 147–148) Charles Robert Darwin Down 16 Oct [1866] John Murray
  • … illustrations to Variation , see the letter to John Murray, 22 February [1866] and n.  14. …
  • … 18 July 1866 ; Gray had suggested that John Murray should supply the American market with …
  • … by Francis Darwin. 3 vols. London: John Murray. 1887–8. Origin : On the origin of species …
  • … 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. …

DCP-LETT-5017A

Summary

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

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5017A

Matches: 3 hits

  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray
  • … Archive) John Murray 24 Feb [1866] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …

From John Murray   25 October [1866]

Summary

Under circumstances [reluctance of Ticknor & Fields to compete with Appleton], best course is to offer Appleton the 250 copies [of 4th English edition of Origin].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 339
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5255

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   25 October [1866] …
  • … DAR 171: 339 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 25 Oct [1866] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 23 October [1866] . Murray refers to …
  • … the American market (see letter to John Murray, 23 October [1866] and n.  2). According to …
  • … My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray I thank you for your kind & considerate …

From John Murray   21 February [1866]

Summary

Informs CD third edition of Origin is exhausted. Proposes a new edition. Has CD any changes? Since demand is slowing up, proposes printing only 1250 copies and deferring payment of CD’s share until sales have repaid manufacturing costs.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 333
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5014

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   21 February [1866] …
  • … DAR 171: 333 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 21 Feb [1866] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … weeks owing to illness ( Correspondence vol.  13, letter to John Murray, 2 June [1865] ). …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … to write. I remain My Dear Sir | Your faithful servant | John Murray Charles Darwin Esq r …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 22 February [1866] . The print run of …

To John Murray   23 October [1866]

Summary

A letter from Asa Gray informs CD that Ticknor & Fields will not publish a new edition of Origin to compete with Appleton’s unrevised edition. They recommend sending copies of the English edition for the American market.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 151–152)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5253

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  • … To John Murray   23 October [1866] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 151–152) Charles Robert Darwin Down 23 Oct [1866] John Murray
  • … 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. …
  • … 10 October 1866 . See letter from John Murray, 18 October [1866] . Gray had approached the …

From John Murray   18 July [1866]

Summary

Proposes to delay issue [of 4th ed. of Origin] until November to obtain better market conditions. Now printing 1250 copies.

Explains practice of not cutting pages is due to propensity of English public to read books without buying them.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 July [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 336
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5161

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  • … From John Murray   18 July [1866] …
  • … DAR 171: 336 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 18 July [1866] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 15 July [1866] . Murray refers to the …
  • … 1866 ( Publishers’ Circular ). See letter to John Murray, 15 July [1866] and n.  3. Murray …
  • … My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray PS.  The insanity of English booksellers …

From John Murray   22 December [1866]

Summary

The presentation copy [of Origin, 4th ed.] was sent to B. D. Walsh in August. Will send another.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 340
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5317

Matches: 5 hits

  • … From John Murray   22 December [1866] …
  • … DAR 171: 340 John Murray London, Albemarle St 22 Dec [1866] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … to care of Baillière— I am— | My Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | John Murray Ch Darwin Esq …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Post Office London directory : …

To John Murray   21 and 22 December [1866]

Summary

Submits the MS of Variation, all excepting the section on Man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  21 and 22 Dec 1866
Classmark:  Herb Sewell (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5314F

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  • … To John Murray   21 and 22 December [1866] …
  • … Herb Sewell (private collection) Charles Robert Darwin 21 Dec 1866 22 Dec 1866 John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … illustrations for Variation (see letter from John Murray, 18 October [1866] and n.  3). CD …

To Mary Elizabeth Lyell   [19? October 1866]

Summary

Mary Somerville may use diagrams from Orchids [in her Molecular and microscopic science (1869)], but permission should be obtained from John Murray.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Elizabeth Horner; Mary Elizabeth Lyell
Date:  [19? Oct 1866]
Classmark:  Bodleian Libraries, Oxford (Dep. c. 370, folder MSD-1: on loan from Somerville College, Oxford)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5249

Matches: 4 hits

  • … and microscopic science (1869)], but permission should be obtained from John Murray. …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Somerville, Mary. 1869. …
  • … On molecular and microscopic science. 2 vols. London: John Murray. …
  • … is in the Darwin Library–Down House. John Murray, CD’s publisher, owned the woodcuts for …

From Asa Gray   18 July 1866

Summary

Appleton’s cannot alter their plates so as to reproduce revised work [Origin, 4th ed.]. Has made it clear that CD could not do otherwise than object strenuously to course they intend to pursue, and has asked them to return the sheets. Wishes CD’s publisher would supply U. S. market with large numbers of copies, as the English edition could well compete with any American one. Encloses [statement of sales of U. S. edition of Origin to 1 February 1866].

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 July 1866
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 149–150); DAR 159: 80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5160

Matches: 6 hits

  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 149–150); DAR 159: 80 Asa …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … from Asa Gray, 3 July 1866 . CD forwarded Gray’s letter to his publisher, John Murray (see …
  • … letter to John Murray, 16 October [1866] , …
  • … and letter from John Murray, 18 October [1866] ). Gray had previously approached the …

To William Bernhard Tegetmeier   16 January [1866]

Summary

What progress has been made with pigeon drawings for Variation?

Can WBT persuade Mr Zurhorst to repeat a pigeon experiment?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Date:  16 Jan [1866]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4977

Matches: 6 hits

  • … Correspondence vol.  13, letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] and n.  17). For details …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  13, letter to John Murray, 4 April [1865] and n.  3). In 1866, CD …
  • … hints for their management. London: John Murray. Marginalia : Charles Darwin’s marginalia. …
  • … 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. …
  • … 13, letter from W.  B.  Tegetmeier to John Murray and R.  F.  Cooke, 17 April 1865, and …
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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?

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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