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From John Murray   12 November [1872]

Summary

Price of Expression is 12s.

Sends cheque to pay CD his share of profits on Origin [6th ed.].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 430
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8622

Matches: 9 hits

  • … From John Murray   12 November [1872] …
  • … DAR 171: 430 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 12 Nov [1872] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … 8. See letter to John Murray, 11 November 1872  and n.  7. Murray refers to Charles Edward …
  • … November I remain | My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Charles Darwin Esq …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 11 November 1872 . See letter from R.   …
  • … Cooke, 27 October [1872] and n.  6. See letter to John Murray, 11 November 1872  and n.   …
  • … animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Origin : On the origin of species …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Prodger, Phillip. 2009. Darwin’s …

From John Murray   2 February [1872]

Summary

Accedes to CD’s request to let Appleton have a set of stereotypes of the 6th English edition of Origin at a little above cost.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Feb [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 406
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8195

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   2 February [1872] …
  • … DAR 171: 406 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 2 Feb [1872] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … the 8 th & 10 th . My Dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 30 January 1872 . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 30 January 1872 . Murray refers to Origin 6th ed. CD’s American …
  • … 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …

To John Murray   30 August [1872]

Summary

Asks JM to send copies of all his books to Anton Dohrn.

Koch [of Schweizerbart] requires 3000 sets of copies of the heliotype plates [for German edition of Expression].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  30 Aug [1872]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 267–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8495

Matches: 10 hits

  • … To John Murray   30 August [1872] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 267–8) Charles Robert Darwin Down 30 Aug [1872] John Murray
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Expression : The expression of …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Journal of researches 2d ed. : …
  • … with additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845. Orchids : On the various …
  • … intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin 6th ed. : The origin …
  • … corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To John Murray   11 November 1872

Summary

CD is delighted and astonished at sale of Expression,

and pleased with sale of others, except Descent. He fears a new edition of that work may never be required. Would have liked to bring out a thoroughly revised one.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  11 Nov 1872
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 276–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8620

Matches: 11 hits

  • … To John Murray   11 November 1872 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 276–7) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Nov 1872 John Murray
  • … Edited by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1890. Expression : The expression of the …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 9 November 1872 . Seven thousand copies of Descent had been …
  • … Correspondence vol.  17, letter to John Murray, [after 18 September 1869] ). Alfred Russel …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Expression 2d ed. : The expression …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  19, letter to John Murray, 8 March [1871] ); CD thought it was …

To John Murray   13 November 1872

Summary

Thanks JM for £210 on last reprint of Origin [6th ed.]. Pleased by its sale

and by the success of Expression.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  13 Nov 1872
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 291–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8623

Matches: 6 hits

  • … To John Murray   13 November 1872 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 291–2) Charles Robert Darwin Down 13 Nov 1872 John Murray
  • … See letter from John Murray, 12 November [1872] . The sixth edition of Origin , first …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …

To R. F. Cooke   29 July 1872

Summary

Queries and suggestions for arrangements about foreign editions of Expression.

CD must see proofs for lettering on the plates [for Expression] to ensure that it matches the text.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  29 July 1872
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 263–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8433

Matches: 9 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 263–6) Charles Robert Darwin Down 29 July 1872 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … provided indexes for Variation and Descent . See letter from John Murray, 9 March 1872 , …
  • … and letter to John Murray, [9 March 1872 or later] . CD recorded the receipt of £315 for ‘ …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Expression : The expression of …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … F.  Cooke, 27 July 1872 and n.  2). John Murray was CD’s publisher; D.  Appleton & Co.   …

From John Murray   9 November 1872

Summary

The reception of Expression has exceeded even JM’s expectations; 5267 copies were sold at the annual sale. CD’s modesty about the work had misled him about its probable sale.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Nov 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 429
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8616

Matches: 6 hits

  • … From John Murray   9 November 1872 …
  • … DAR 171: 429 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 9 Nov 1872 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … took place on 8 November 1872 (see letter from John Murray, 6 November [1872] and n.   …
  • … 4). See letter to John Murray, 7 November [1872] . CD’s annotation is for his letter to …
  • … very faithful serv t & | publisher | John Murray Before closing this I am enabled to send …

From John Murray   6 November [1872]

Summary

Is convinced that 2000 more copies [of Expression] must be printed without delay in order to meet demand. He therefore asks CD to send his corrections to the printer at once.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Nov [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 428
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8602

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   6 November [1872] …
  • … DAR 171: 428 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 6 Nov [1872] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … Literary Banquet— I am | My Dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 7 November [1872] . Murray had …
  • … Conn. : Archon Books, Shoe String Press. Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. …

From R. F. Cooke   25 October 1872

Summary

Murray’s will allow CD 18 copies [of Expression].

All foreign publishers, except Dutch, have paid for the plates.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Oct 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 426
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8575

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 426 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 25 Oct 1872 …
  • … refers to Expression and Descent , and to John Murray. At CD’s request, Origin 6th ed.   …
  • … than previous ones (see letter to John Murray, 8 January [1872] and n.  3). Hermanus …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Expression : The expression of …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Origin 6th ed. : The origin of …
  • … 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …

From John Murray   3 September [1872]

Summary

R. Cooke has increased the order for heliotypes [for Expression] to 8000. Reimburses CD for cost of artists.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Sept [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 420
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8508

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   3 September [1872] …
  • … DAR 171: 420 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 3 Sept [1872] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …
  • … for Appleton I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq r …
  • … directorship of Eduard Koch. See letter to John Murray, 30 August [1872] and n.  2. CD’s …
  • … Cooke, 23 August 1872. See letter to John Murray, 30 August [1872] . Murray refers to …

To John Murray   [9 March 1872 or later]

Summary

CD is vexed to hear that some of his friends and some booksellers complain of the type of the new [6th] edition of Origin. CD, whose eyesight is not good, had no trouble reading proofs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [9 Mar 1872 or later]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 274–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8230

Matches: 6 hits

  • … To John Murray   [9 March 1872 or later] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 274–5) Charles Robert Darwin London, Devonshire St, 9 [9 Mar 1872 or later] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 9 March 1872 . The sixth edition of …

To John Murray   7 November [1872]

Summary

Has sent off a few trifling errata [of Expression] to Mr Clowes. Asks about the heliotypes.

Would like to hear about the sale of his books. [See 8616.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  7 Nov [1872]
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8607A

Matches: 6 hits

  • … To John Murray   7 November [1872] …
  • … Private collection Charles Robert Darwin Down 7 Nov [1872] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …
  • … corrections to Expression ( letter from John Murray, 6 November [1872] ). William Clowes …
  • … reproduced using the heliotype process. See letter from John Murray, 6 November [1872] . …

From R. F. Cooke   12 February 1872

Summary

Sends first copy of new [6th] edition of Origin. Expenses have been much higher than estimated because of extensive revisions. 3000 copies retailing at 6s would yield only £100 profit. Suggests fixing price at 7s 6d.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 407
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8209

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 407 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 12 Feb 1872 …
  • … an even lower price (see Correspondence vol.  19, letter from John Murray, 31 May [1871] , …
  • … and letter to John Murray, 3 June [1871] ). …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  19, letter to John Murray, 23 April [1871] ). CD had added a new …
  • … editions, as well as much new content. John Murray had suggested a price of 7 s. 6 d. for …
  • … 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …

From R. F. Cooke   26 October 1872

Summary

Does not understand Reinwald [French publisher of Expression], who apparently intends an edition of only 500 copies. Sends first copy to CD.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Oct 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 427
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8576

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 427 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 26 Oct 1872 …
  • … of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …
  • … No correspondence between Reinwald and Cooke or John Murray regarding payment for plates …
  • … has been found in the John Murray Archive (National Library of Scotland). …

To John Murray   8 January [1872]

Summary

Requests printing of diagram for new [6th] edition of Origin. Thinks 6s may be too dear for a cheap edition.

Dallas has done an excellent glossary.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  8 Jan [1872]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 271)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8152

Matches: 6 hits

  • … To John Murray   8 January [1872] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. …
  • … 271) Charles Robert Darwin Down 8 Jan [1872] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …

To R. F. Cooke   3 October 1872

Summary

Arrangements for foreign editions [of Expression]. Delay by Heliotype Company is provoking.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  3 Oct 1872
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 262)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8540

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. …
  • … 262) Charles Robert Darwin Down 3 Oct 1872 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. [Kovalevsky, Vladimir Onufrievich], …
  • … had a larger page size (see letter from John Murray, 3 September [1872] , and letter from …

To R. F. Cooke   [14 August 1872]

Summary

Is greatly relieved to hear that the estimate [of the Heliotype Company] was a mistake. Sends lettered copies of seven plates for Expression, and discusses payment to be made by foreign editors for copies of the plates.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  [14 Aug 1872]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 253–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8468

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 4) Charles Robert Darwin Leith Hill Place [14 Aug 1872] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … for Expresssion (see Correspondence vol.  19, letter from John Murray, 31 May [1871] ). …
  • … of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …

To R. F. Cooke   17 August 1872

Summary

Will inform all foreign publishers that John Murray will supply 1000 copies of heliotype plates [for Expression] for £75. CD would not have used so many photos had he foreseen the cost, but woodcuts would not have done.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  17 Aug 1872
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 283–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8474

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 283–4) Charles Robert Darwin Leith Hill Place 17 Aug 1872 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … Will inform all foreign publishers that John Murray will supply 1000 copies of heliotype …

From R. F. Cooke   21 August 1872

Summary

Has ordered printing of 2000 sets of illustrations [for Expression] for Murray’s and informed D. Appleton of price per thousand. Has answered letter from Eduard Koch [of Schweizerbart]. Has also arranged for index.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Aug 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 417
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8479

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … of the woodcut illustrations. The photographs were reproduced as heliotypes. John Murray. …
  • … DAR 171: 417 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 21 Aug 1872 Charles …
  • … of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …

To John Murray   27 January [1872]

Summary

Has corrected last page of index of Origin [6th ed.]. Sends instructions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  27 Jan [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 283
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8187

Matches: 7 hits

  • … To John Murray   27 January [1872] …
  • … DAR 143: 283 Charles Robert Darwin Down 27 Jan [1872] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … was published in 1872. See letter to John Murray, 8 January [1872] and nn.  2 and 3. In  …
  • … Correspondence vol.  14, letter from John Murray, 18 July [1866] and n.  6). Charles …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
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John Murray

Summary

Darwin's most famous book On the origin of species by means of natural selection (Origin) was published on 22 November 1859. The publisher was John Murray, who specialised in non-fiction, particularly politics, travel and science, and had published…

Matches: 11 hits

  • … 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,…

Matches: 1 hits

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…

Matches: 1 hits

  • … 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

Summary

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.…

Matches: 2 hits

  • … ‘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

Summary

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

Summary

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…

Matches: 4 hits

  • … 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

Summary

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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