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To John Murray   29 April [1869]

Summary

Thanks JM for Quarterly Review. A. R. Wallace’s article inimitably good – and a triumph that it appears where it will make B[ishop] of O[xford] and Owen gnash their teeth.

Delighted at the sale of F. Müller’s book.

Thinks he has brought Origin up to "present standard of science" [5th ed. (June 1869)].

Slow progress on Descent.

His horse rolled over him, but he is recovering rapidly.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  29 Apr [1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 201–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6718

Matches: 9 hits

  • … To John Murray   29 April [1869] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 201–2) Charles Robert Darwin Down 29 Apr [1869] John Murray
  • … the cover. John Lubbock. See letter from John Murray, 28 April [1869] and n.  2. CD refers …
  • … 5th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1869. …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 28 April [1869] . …
  • … Quarterly Review was published by John Murray; he had evidently sent the issue containing …
  • … selection ([Wallace] 1869b; see letter from John Murray, 28 April [1869] ). CD also refers …

To John Murray   [after 18 September 1869]

Summary

Wishes JM’s new periodical [the Academy] could have been a weekly so it might kill the Athenæum by a lingering death.

Has drafted a piece [about Descent] but is not pleased with it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [after 18 Sept 1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 39–40)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6900

Matches: 7 hits

  • … To John Murray   [after 18 September 1869] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. …
  • … 39–40) Charles Robert Darwin Down [after 18 Sept 1869] John Murray
  • … between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 18 September [1869] . CD refers to …
  • … the Academy and the Athenæum. See letter from John Murray, 18 September [1869] and n.   …
  • … 2. See letter from John Murray, 18 September [1869] and n.  3. The enclosure has not been …

From John Murray   17 November 1869

Summary

JM reports sales of Facts and arguments for Darwin, Variation, and Origin [5th ed.].

Sends best wishes for success in putting down "Parisian blasphemers".

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Nov 1869
Classmark:  DAR 171: 374
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6992

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  • … From John Murray   17 November 1869 …
  • … DAR 171: 374 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 17 Nov 1869 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … and the fifth edition of Origin. See letter to John Murray, 8 November [1869] . …
  • … My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq re . | &c &c &c 2.2 …

To John Murray   [1–3 February 1869]

Summary

Asks JM to grant permission for a French translation of his "Naturalist’s voyage" [Journal of researches].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [1–3 Feb 1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 192–193)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6596

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  • … To John Murray   [1–3 February 1869] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 192–193) Charles Robert Darwin Down [1–3 Feb 1869] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … Darwin. Reprint edition. London: John Murray. 1860. Journal of researches : Journal of …
  • … 31 January 1869, and the letter from John Murray, 3 February [1869] . CD refers to Charles …

To Robert Francis Cooke   [22 February 1869]

Summary

Assumes Murray will give permission for French translation of Orchids; asks that stereotypes of woodcuts be supplied at cost, since if expensive the work will not appear.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  [22 Feb 1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 200)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6966

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  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. …
  • … Robert Darwin London, Queen Anne St, 6 [22 Feb 1869] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Somerville, Mary. 1869. …
  • … On molecular and microscopic science. 2 vols. London: John Murray. …
  • … from Ernest Faivre, 18 February 1869 . John Murray had supplied woodcuts for the German …

From R. F. Cooke   2 November 1869

Summary

Thinks it best for Murray’s to engrave the "Monkeys", etc. for themselves.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Nov 1869
Classmark:  DAR 171: 372
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6968

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  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 372 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 2 Nov 1869 Charles …
  • … and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. …
  • … to discuss woodcuts for Descent with John Murray during his stay in London from 1  …
  • … to 9 November 1869 (see letter to John Murray, [after 18 September 1869] , and CD’s ‘ …

From John Murray   3 February [1869]

Summary

Gives consent, which is unnecessary because term of protection has expired, for French translation of Journal of researches.

Is at a loss to know how many copies of F. Müller’s Facts and arguments for Darwin to print.

The printer is ready for copy for a new "edition" of Variation. [Presumably another issue. 2d edition did not appear until 1875.]

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 363
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6597

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  • … From John Murray   3 February [1869] …
  • … DAR 171: 363 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 3 Feb [1869] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … you are ready to begin My Dear Sir | yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq …
  • … was first published in 1839 (see letter to John Murray, [1–3 February 1869] ). Murray also …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Seville, Catherine. 2006. The …

From John Murray   8 November [1869]

Summary

JM advises CD regarding his relations with Masson, the French publisher of the Origin [1866], and the possibility of Reinwald’s publishing a translation of the 5th edition.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 373
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6978

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  • … From John Murray   8 November [1869] …
  • … DAR 171: 373 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 8 Nov [1869] 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, 8 November [1869] . The only extant …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  9, letter to John Murray, 10 September [1861] ). Victor Masson …

From John Murray   18 September [1869]

Summary

JM is about to start a new monthly literary review [the Academy]. Would like to publish in first number a short notice of the new work upon which CD is engaged [Descent].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Sept [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 371
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6897

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  • … From John Murray   18 September [1869] …
  • … DAR 171: 371 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 18 Sept [1869] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … Bain and G. Croom Robertson. London: John Murray. North, John S. 1997. The Waterloo …
  • … My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Charles Darwin Esq Top of letter : ‘Good …

From R. F. Cooke   29 April 1869

Summary

Confirms a request by CD that Murray’s supply electrotypes of Orchids at most reasonable possible price.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Apr 1869
Classmark:  DAR 171: 369
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6719

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  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 369 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 29 Apr 1869 …
  • … and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. …
  • … The enclosure has not been found. John Murray published CD’s Orchids in 1862. No other …

To John Murray   8 November [1869]

Summary

Masson et Fils have brought out a third French edition [of Origin] without informing CD and without the advantage of the corrections of the 4th and 5th English editions. For this and other reasons CD wants to give translation rights for the 5th English edition to C. Reinwald.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  8 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 205–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6977

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  • … To John Murray   8 November [1869] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 6) Charles Robert Darwin London, Queen Anne St, 6 Down letterhead 8 Nov [1869] John Murray
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …

From John Murray   28 April [1869]

Summary

Has sold 400 copies of Facts and arguments for Darwin. It is a poor time for bookselling.

Last Quarterly Review has best exposition of Darwinism he has met with [A. R. Wallace, "Geological climates, and origin of species", Q. Rev. 126 (1869): 359–94].

Proposes to print 2000 copies of a new [5th] edition of Origin.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Apr [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 368
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6715

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  • … From John Murray   28 April [1869] …
  • … DAR 171: 368 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 28 Apr [1869] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … s book is sent off. My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Ch Darwin Esq re …

From R. F. Cooke   22 June 1869

Summary

RC has sent a copy of the new [5th] edition of Origin.

Electrotypes [of Orchids] have been sent to Bologna.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 June 1869
Classmark:  DAR 171: 370
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6794

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 370 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 22 June 1869 …
  • … 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 R. F. Cooke   2 July [1869]

Summary

Thanks for [July 1869] issue of Quarterly Review.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  2 July [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 272
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6814

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  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … DAR 143: 272 Charles Robert Darwin Caerdeon 2 July [1869] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray

To R. F. Cooke   9 March [1869]

Summary

Suggests best form of lettering for spine of Müller’s Facts and arguments for Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 198–199)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6648

Matches: 3 hits

  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 198–199) Charles Robert Darwin Down 9 Mar [1869] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …

From R. F. Cooke   23 February 1869

Summary

Estimates cost of F. Müller’s Facts and arguments for Darwin at £86 for 750 copies, less than £10 extra for 1000.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Feb 1869
Classmark:  DAR 171: 365
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6629

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  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 365 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 23 Feb 1869 …

From R. F. Cooke   22 February 1869

Summary

There will be no objection to the French translation or difficulty about woodcuts of Orchids.

Has not yet received the information about Müller’s Facts and arguments for Darwin.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Feb 1869
Classmark:  DAR 171: 364
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6627

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  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 364 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 22 Feb 1869 …

From R. F. Cooke   10 March 1869

Summary

Sends statement [missing] of cost and proceeds of publishing Facts and arguments for Darwin at 6s. Asks whether CD agrees to this price.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 171: 366
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6653

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  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 366 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 10 Mar 1869 …

From R. F. Cooke   12 March 1869

Summary

Book [Facts and arguments for Darwin] is being bound; it is probably too late to alter lettering.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1869
Classmark:  DAR 171: 367
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6659

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 367 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 12 Mar 1869 …

From James Leask Sinclair to John Murray   22 December 1869

Summary

Encloses memorandum for CD concerning JLS’s career and the development of his transformist views.

Author:  James Leask Sinclair
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 Dec 1869
Classmark:  DAR 177: 172
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7031

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  • … From James Leask Sinclair to John Murray   22 December 1869 …
  • … DAR 177: 172 James Leask Sinclair Auckland 22 Dec 1869 John Murray
  • … Sinclair, J. L. Murray, John (b) …
  • … the monthly Academy ; see letter from John Murray, 18 September [1869] . Sinclair refers …
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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

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

Summary

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

Summary

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

Summary

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…

Matches: 5 hits

  • … 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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