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To John Murray   [after 1 July 1870]

Summary

Wants to keep "The origin of man" as first part of title of book.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray; John Murray
Date:  [after 1 July 1870]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 273
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7050

Matches: 6 hits

  • … To John Murray   [after 1 July 1870] …
  • … b) John Murray
  • … DAR 143: 273 Charles Robert Darwin Down [after 1 July 1870] John Murray
  • John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John ( …
  • … between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 1 July 1870 . The reference is to …

From John Murray   10 October [1870]

Summary

Cannot find the [indelicate] passage he referred to in last letter.

Various publication arrangements.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Oct [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 379
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7339

Matches: 13 hits

  • … From John Murray   10 October [1870] …
  • … DAR 171: 379 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 10 Oct [1870] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. …
  • … 1870 (National Library of Scotland, John Murray Archive, Ms.  42153 f.  53). The first …
  • … say to this? I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Charles Darwin Esq …
  • … between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 28 September [1870] . Murray had …
  • … to write the index for Descent (see letter to John Murray, 26 September 1870 , …
  • … and letter from John Murray, 28 September [1870] ). The enclosure has not been found. …
  • … proof-sheets of Descent , see the letter from John Murray, 28 September [1870] and n.   …
  • … 7; see also the letter to John Murray, 29 September [1870] . CD wrote Descent 2: 345 n.   …
  • … William Clowes & Sons. See letter to John Murray, 26 September 1870 . CD had promised the …
  • … stereotypes of the woodcuts (see letter to John Murray, 29 September [1870] and n.  3). …

From John Murray   24 October [1870]

Summary

Sends table of sales [of Journal of researches]. 2000 copies sold since 1860.

Descent has gone to press for 2500 copies.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Oct [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 380
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7350

Matches: 14 hits

  • … From John Murray   24 October [1870] …
  • … DAR 171: 380 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 24 Oct [1870] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … of most of the illustrations in Descent (see letter from John Murray, 10 October [1870] ). …
  • … the sets of clichés? My Dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … 1870 (see n.  8, below). See letter to John Murray, 22 October [1870] . Murray refers to …
  • … earlier editions (see letter to John Murray, 22 October [1870] and n.  3). Journal of …
  • … of researches (1870) . See letter to John Murray, 22 October [1870] . The references are …
  • … translations, and the US edition (letters to John Murray, 26 September 1870  and nn.   1  …
  • … 2d edition]. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1852. Journal of researches (1860): …
  • … Charles Darwin. Reprint edition. London: John Murray. 1860. Journal of researches (1870): …
  • … By Charles Darwin. New edition. London: John Murray. 1870. Journal of researches 2d ed. : …
  • … additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845. Journal of researches : Journal …

From John Murray   16 November [1870]

Summary

JM reports 1900 [advance] copies of Descent were taken at his annual sale,

and 340 copies of Origin [5th ed.] were sold.

Sheets for Dutch publisher will be sent to CD immediately. JM cautions against possibility that Dutch edition will anticipate the English.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Nov [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 381
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7372

Matches: 10 hits

  • … From John Murray   16 November [1870] …
  • … DAR 171: 381 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 16 Nov [1870] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … address I am Dear Sir | yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq | &c &c &c …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Origin 5th ed. : On the origin …
  • … 5th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1869. …
  • … the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 15 November [1870] . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 15 November [1870] and n.  2. Murray refers to Origin 5th ed. ( …
  • … Descent (published early in 1871). See letter to John Murray, 15 November [1870] and n.   …
  • … 4. See letter to John Murray, 15 November [1870] and n.  3. The reference is to Hendrik …

To John Murray   29 September [1870]

Summary

CD did not promise Appleton stereotypes of text [of Descent]; only of cuts.

Wishes to know which passage JM thought "coarse". Remembers only a quotation from John Hunter on courtship of female being required "to give her desires" [Descent 1: 273]. He fancied a quotation rendered the sentence less coarse.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  29 Sept [1870]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 212–13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7331

Matches: 9 hits

  • … To John Murray   29 September [1870] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 212–13) Charles Robert Darwin Down 29 Sept [1870] John Murray
  • … and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. …
  • … relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 28 September [1870] . …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 28 September [1870] and n.   …
  • … 5. See letter from John Murray, 28 September [1870] and n.   …
  • … 4. See letter from John Murray, 28 September [1870] and n.  7. CD quotes John Hunter’s …

From John Murray   28 September [1870]

Summary

Various arrangements concerning the publication of Descent. "It will cause men to prick up [their] ears – & to elevate their eyebrows." JM thinks he will venture to print 2500 copies.

Suggests CD tone down as possibly indelicate a passage on proportion of advances made by the two sexes in animals.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Sept [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 378
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7329

Matches: 12 hits

  • … From John Murray   28 September [1870] …
  • … DAR 171: 378 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 28 Sept [1870] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. …
  • … astonish you I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Ch. Darwin Esq r . …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 26 September 1870 . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 26 September 1870  and nn.  1 and 2. …
  • … to William Clowes & Sons. See letter to John Murray, 26 September 1870 . The reference is …
  • … to D.  Appleton & Co. See letter to John Murray, 26 September 1870  and n.  6. …
  • … Cassell, Petter & Galpin. See letter to John Murray, 26 September 1870  and nn.  3 and 7. …
  • … William Sweetland Dallas. See letter to John Murray, 26 September 1870 . Murray may refer …
  • … in Descent 2: 268–73. See the letter from John Murray, 10 October [1870] and n.  3. CD …

To John Murray   17 November [1870]

Summary

Pleased at [advance] sale [of Descent]. Suggests 3000 copies be printed. Corrections are frightful and, CD fears, will not be done until end of year.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  17 Nov [1870]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 242)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7374

Matches: 8 hits

  • … To John Murray   17 November [1870] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. …
  • … 242) Charles Robert Darwin Down 17 Nov [1870] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 16 November [1870] . …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 16 November [1870] . Murray …
  • … 2500 copies of Descent ( letter from John Murray, 28 September [1870] ). In February 1871, …

To John Murray   11 October [1870]

Summary

Glad to hear Dallas will do index of Descent, but he needs keeping up to the mark. Agrees to a Dutch edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  11 Oct [1870]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 41–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7341

Matches: 9 hits

  • … To John Murray   11 October [1870] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 41–2) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Oct [1870] John Murray
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Variation : The variation of animals …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 10 October [1870] . …
  • … The references are to the letter from John Murray, 10 October [1870] , and to William …
  • … its publisher, see the letter from John Murray, 10 October [1870] and n.  6. CD’s enclosed …

To John Murray   4 September [1870]

Summary

Variation is a much better looking volume than Origin due to quality of paper and binding. Hopes JM will attend to this point in Descent. Printers have sent "splendid lot" of proofs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Sept [1870]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 211)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7316

Matches: 8 hits

  • … To John Murray   4 September [1870] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. …
  • … 211) Charles Robert Darwin Down 4 Sept [1870] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 6 August [1870] . The first five …
  • … 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 John Murray   15 November [1870]

Summary

Would like to hear results of JM’s November booksale.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  15 Nov [1870]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 43)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7371

Matches: 7 hits

  • … To John Murray   15 November [1870] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. …
  • … 43) Charles Robert Darwin Down 15 Nov [1870] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … in the National Library of Scotland, John Murray Archive (42153 f.  53). CD was waiting …
  • … of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. …
  • … 1871. Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. Science Progress in the Twentieth …

From John Murray   10 June [1870]

Summary

Asks CD whether he is far enough along with his new work [Descent] to allow him to announce it as a forthcoming publication in his next quarterly list.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 June [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 375
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7226

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   10 June [1870] …
  • … DAR 171: 375 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 10 June [1870] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … put in hand— I am my Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Charles Darwin Esq …
  • … and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 9 April [1870] . CD had planned to …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  17, letter to John Murray, [after 18 September 1869] and n.  5). …

From John Murray   1 July 1870

Summary

Financial adjustments for last edition of Origin

and a tentative title for the new work: "Descent of man and selection according to sex". [Later changed to "in relation to sex".]

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 July 1870
Classmark:  DAR 171: 376
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7259

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   1 July 1870 …
  • … DAR 171: 376 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 1 July 1870 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. …
  • … objectionable adjective— My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Ch Darwin Esq …
  • … CD evidently visited his publisher, John Murray, the previous day. Murray refers to Robert …
  • … Albemarle S t . | W. July 1. /70 With John Murrays Comps & thanks to M r Darwin receipt …

To John Murray   9 April [1870]

Summary

Finds Academy contains valuable matter for his work.

Descent progresses slowly – will not be ready for press for several months.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 Apr [1870]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 207–208)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7162

Matches: 7 hits

  • … To John Murray   9 April [1870] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 207–208) Charles Robert Darwin Down 9 Apr [1870] John Murray
  • … in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Paston, …
  • … George. 1932. At John Murray’s: records of a literary circle, 1843– …
  • … 1892. London: John Murray. …

To John Murray   22 October [1870]

Summary

He agrees with his family that binding of Variation looks much better than Origin.

Asks JM to report the number of copies he has printed of Naturalist’s Voyage [Journal of researches].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 Oct [1870]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 218–19)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7348

Matches: 9 hits

  • … To John Murray   22 October [1870] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 218–19) Charles Robert Darwin Down 22 Oct [1870] John Murray
  • … between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 24 October [1870] . CD refers to the …
  • … The second edition was published by John Murray in 1845, and reissued in 1852 and 1860, …
  • … 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. …
  • … Darwin. London: Henry Colburn. 1839. Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. …

To John Murray   5 [August 1870]

Summary

MS of Descent, except last chapter, is ready to send to printer. Hopes the printer will be able to keep him steadily at work correcting proof. "It drives me mad to change from job to job."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 [Aug 1870]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 209–10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7265

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To John Murray   5 [August 1870] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 209–10) Charles Robert Darwin Down 5 [Aug 1870] John Murray
  • … between this letter, the letter from John Murray, 6 August [1870] and the letter to Mr …

To John Murray   26 September 1870

Summary

Wants sheets [of Descent] for foreign editions. Asks JM to determine price to be charged for the stereotypes of 62 cuts. Dallas would be excellent for the index but must be "civilly warned" not to delay. Encloses memo on the index.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  26 Sept 1870
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 214–17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7327

Matches: 8 hits

  • … To John Murray   26 September 1870 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 214–17) Charles Robert Darwin Down 26 Sept 1870 John Murray
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … this matter has been found. William Clowes & Sons, printers to John Murray. CD evidently …
  • … objections made by Robert Francis Cooke, John Murray’s publishing partner, regarding the …

From John Murray   6 August [1870]

Summary

JM informs CD that he will have Clowes give him written assurance that the printing [of Descent] will proceed without interruption.

The [Franco-Prussian] War is a sad damper on international science and his publishing plans.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Aug [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 377
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7295

Matches: 5 hits

  • … From John Murray   6 August [1870] …
  • … DAR 171: 377 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 6 Aug [1870] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Wawro, Geoffrey. 2003. The Franco- …
  • … I shall publish little. My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Ch. Darwin Esq r …

From Robert Francis Cooke   5 December 1870

Summary

Has just heard that 1st volume of Dutch edition [of Descent] has been announced for 10 December. Was CD aware that the Dutch intended to publish vol. 1 by itself?

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Dec 1870
Classmark:  DAR 171: 382
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7387

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 382 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 5 Dec 1870 Charles …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … illustrations to Descent (see letter from John Murray, 10 October [1870] ). Descent was …

From Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen   27 November 1870

Summary

Concerning the Dutch edition of Descent.

Author:  Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Nov 1870
Classmark:  DAR 184: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7384

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. NNBW : Nieuw Nederlandsch biografisch …
  • … Kramers has not been found; however, see the letter to John Murray, 15 November [1870] , …
  • … and the letter from John Murray, 16 November [1870] . Descent. Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen …
  • … Jan van der Hoeven. See letter from John Murray, 10 October [1870] . Johan Ykema was to …

To Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen   30 November [1870]

Summary

Is pleased to hear that the translator for the Dutch edition [of Descent] is a person so well qualified [see 7384]. He encloses a facsimile of the title page. Reports arrangements with John Murray.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen
Date:  30 Nov [1870]
Classmark:  Natural History Museum (General Special Collections DC AL 1/11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7386A

Matches: 3 hits

  • … and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. …
  • … 7384 ]. He encloses a facsimile of the title page. Reports arrangements with John Murray. …
  • … 1870 . The enclosure has not been found. See letter from John Murray, 16 November [1870] . …
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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…

Matches: 4 hits

  • … 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…

Matches: 4 hits

  • … 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…

Matches: 4 hits

  • … 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

Summary

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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