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To John Murray   24 September [1873]

Summary

CD will have to make heavy corrections in Expression and Descent if there ever is a new edition of either.

Will soon begin another book [Insectivorous plants].

It and a second one [Cross and self-fertilisation] will sell only "very specially".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  24 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 352–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9066

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  • … To John Murray   24 September [1873] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 352–3) Charles Robert Darwin Down 24 Sept [1873] John Murray
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 23 September [1873] . CD was settling …
  • … of books with Murray (see letter from John Murray, 23 September [1873] and n.  2). Murray …
  • … Books, Shoe String Press. Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. …
  • … 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …
  • … 1875. Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. Science Progress in the Twentieth …

From R. F. Cooke   24 January 1873

Summary

Popular Edition [6th] of Origin has sold out 3000 copies. Asks CD whether he has found any errors that should be corrected.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Jan 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 434
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8749

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  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 434 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 24 Jan 1873 …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … 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. …
  • … in February 1872 ( Freeman 1977 ). John Murray’s sale dinner took place on 8 November  …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  20, letter from John Murray, 9 November 1872 ). Expression. CD’s …

From John Murray   25 September [1873]

Summary

Acknowledges CD’s cheque.

Sends CD cheque for profits on Orchids and a statement of stock on hand of CD’s works [missing].

Origin and Expression sales are stagnant.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 437, DAR 210.11: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9071

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  • … From John Murray   25 September [1873] …
  • … DAR 171: 437, DAR 210.11: 1 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 25 Sept [1873] Charles …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin 6th ed. : The origin …
  • … the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 24 September [1873] . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 24 September [1873] and n.  2. CD was paying for the …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Seville, Catherine. 1999. …
  • … My Dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | John Murray I shall be prepared for your new works …

From John Murray   10 February [1873]

Summary

Encloses cheque for 1000 guineas, CD’s share of profits on first 7000 copies of Expression.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 435
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8763

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  • … From John Murray   10 February [1873] …
  • … DAR 171: 435 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 10 Feb [1873] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … respects I remain | My Dear Sir | Your faithful servant | John Murray Charles Darwin Esq …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …

To John Murray   4 May [1873]

Summary

Asks Murray not to announce Cross and self-fertilisation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 May [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 436
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8897

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  • … To John Murray   4 May [1873] …
  • … DAR 143: 436 Charles Robert Darwin Down 4 May [1873] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … self fertilisation in the vegetable kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. …

From John Murray   23 September [1873]

Summary

Sends CD an account that has the novelty of having a balance against CD.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 436
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9064

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  • … From John Murray   23 September [1873] …
  • … DAR 171: 436 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 23 Sept [1873] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … business! I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq …

From A. R. Wallace   18 November 1873

Summary

Discussion of his possible assistance on editorial work for revised edition of Descent.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Nov 1873
Classmark:  DAR 106: B118–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9151

Matches: 6 hits

  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Lyell, Charles. 1865. Elements …
  • … monuments. 6th edition, revised. London: John Murray. Lyell, Charles. 1867–8. Principles …
  • … of geology. 10th edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Lyell, Charles. 1872. Principles of …
  • … geology. 11th edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Lyell, Charles. 1873. The geological …
  • … by variation. 4th edition, revised. London: John Murray. Wallace, Alfred Russel. 1905. My …
  • … from H.  W.  Bates, 15 November 1873 . John Murray (CD’s publisher). Wallace refers to …

To Fritz Müller   25 September 1873

Summary

Seedling vigour resulting from crossing of parents.

CD to publish work on insectivorous plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  25 Sept 1873
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9067

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  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Expression : The expression of the …
  • … in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Insectivorous plants. …
  • … 1872 ( Correspondence vol.  20). John Murray was the publisher and William Sweetland …
  • … copies of various books (see letter from John Murray, 23 September [1873] and n.  2). CD’s …
  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Müller, Hermann. 1873. Die Befruchtung der …

To J. V. Carus   8 May [1873]

Summary

John Murray has announced his next book [Cross and self-fertilisation] without CD’s knowledge. It is only half-written. JVC will hear when it is published and will decide whether it is worth translating. It will be dry, but, CD believes, of value.

Has read an account of JVC’s Scottish lectures.

Invites JVC to Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  8 May [1873]
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 104–105)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8906

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  • John Murray has announced his next book [ Cross and self-fertilisation ] without CD’s …
  • … man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Livingstone, David N. 1999. …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 4 May [1873] . CD’s work was published …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …

To G. H. Darwin   24 November 1873

Summary

Pleased that GHD will help with second edition of Descent. Cautions him not to alter strength of CD’s expression or improve the style too much.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  George Howard Darwin
Date:  24 Nov 1873
Classmark:  DAR 210.1: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9159

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  • … vol.  16, enclosure to letter to John Murray, 25 May 1868 ). See also letter from G.  H.   …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … 20 November 1873 . CD’s publisher, John Murray, had printed a further 1000 copies of …

From George Hookham   6 May [1873]

Summary

A fact on expression: sheep do use hoofs in fighting.

Author:  George Hookham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 May [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 166: 266
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7742

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  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Descent : The descent of man, …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Expression 2d ed. : The expression …
  • … Edited by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1890. Expression : The expression of the …
  • … emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …

To Smith, Elder & Co   17 December [1873]

Summary

Suggests that his Coral reefs be republished.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Smith, Elder & Co
Date:  17 Dec [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 159–60
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9181

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  • … Co, appeared in June 1874 ( Publishers’ Circular , 1 July 1874, p.  420). John Murray. …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Harrod & Co. ’s directory of Suffolk …
  • … Harrod & Co. 1873. Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …

To J. V. Carus   1 February 1873

Summary

Has no corrections for second German edition [of Expression]. Plans to bring out an improved edition in a year or two.

Thanks for reference JVC sent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  1 Feb 1873
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 102–103)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8754

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  • … 29 January 1873  and n.  3. CD’s publisher, John Murray, supplied the heliotype plates for …
  • … Edited by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1890. Expression : The expression of the …
  • … emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …

To Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen   28 January [1873]

Summary

Is pleased that HHHvZ has appended his notes to his translation [of Expression and is obliged for the abstract of these notes [see 8712].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Hermanus Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen
Date:  28 Jan [1873]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (catalogue 68 1990)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11337A

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  • … Edited by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1890. Expression : The expression of the …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Hartogh Heijs van Zouteveen, …

To Hermann Müller   5 May 1873

Summary

Comments on HM’s book [Die Befruchtung der Blumen (1873)]. Particularly glad to read historical sketch and discussion of work of C. K. Sprengel.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Heinrich Ludwig Hermann (Hermann) Müller
Date:  5 May 1873
Classmark:  DAR 146: 434
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8901

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  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Marginalia : Charles Darwin’s …
  • … 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 Nature   [before 3 April 1873]

Summary

Comments on article ["Perception and instinct in lower animals", Nature 7 (1871): 377–8].

Explains his contention that "many of the most wonderful instincts have been acquired, independently of habit, through the preservation of useful variations of pre-existing instincts". Cites examples: sterile workers of several species of social insects have acquired different instincts; movements of tumbler pigeons. Speculates that "many instincts have originated from modification or variations in the brain".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Nature
Date:  [before 3 Apr 1873]
Classmark:  Nature, 3 April 1873, pp. 417–18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8838

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  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Expression : The expression of …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Moore, W. J. 1873. Columbidæ. …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation : The variation of …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. Willughby, Francis. 1678. The …

From W. S. C. to George Busk   5 April 1873

Summary

Contradicts passages in Descent and Variation.

Author:  C., W. S.
Addressee:  George Busk
Date:  5 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 160: 386
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8842

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  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Variation : The variation of animals …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. Wallace, Robert L. [1889. ] The …

To Herbert Spencer   31 October [1873]

Summary

Discusses adaptations in flowers and their heritability.

Mentions advertisements for HS’s book [? Study of sociology (1873)].

Thought HS would have profited by principle that a character appearing late in life is inherited at same age.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Herbert Spencer
Date:  31 Oct [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 147: 486
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9119

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  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. ML : More letters of Charles Darwin: …
  • … Albert Charles Seward. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1903. Movement in plants : The power …
  • … Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. ODNB : Oxford dictionary of …

To James Crichton-Browne   4 March [1873]

Summary

Pleased that JC-B will review Expression.

Fears he will not be able to improve the book with JC-B’s "wonderfully curious" photographs because Murray printed such a large edition.

Would be glad to have JC-B’s notes on inheritance – "a most important subject".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  4 Mar [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 343
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8798

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  • … of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …
  • … Browne, 2 March 1873  and n.  5. CD’s publisher, John Murray, had printed 9000 copies …
  • … of Expression (see letter from John Murray, 10 February [1873] and n.  2); there were no …

From J. V. Carus   29 January 1873

Summary

A new [German] edition of Expression is to be done. Has CD anything to add or alter?

JVC cites an article on cessation of breathing during mental concentration that supports Gratiolet as quoted in Expression, p. 179.

Author:  Julius Victor Carus
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Jan 1873
Classmark:  DAR 161: 91
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8751

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  • … Edited by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1890. Expression : The expression of the …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Gratiolet, Pierre. [1865. ] De …
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John Murray

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

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  • … was published on 22 November 1859. The publisher was John Murray, who specialised in non-fiction, …
  • … his name and in 1768 acquired a publishing house. The third John Murray, who followed his father as …
  • … house; the seventh sold the business in 2002. The  John Murray Archive  was acquired by the  …
  • … University Library  a similar number of letters from John Murray and Robert Cooke, his cousin and …
  • … had proved to be a scientific best-seller for the second John Murray, to open negotiations with his …
  • … began the business relationship between Charles Darwin and John Murray. Darwin’s next …
  • … . Again he asked Lyell to act as his intermediary with John Murray ( Letter 2437 ), who, without …
  • … had paid Darwin profits of nearly £3000. The third John Murray made a successful business …
  • … ). Darwin’s next publishing project with John Murray in 1869 was a translation into English …
  • … in the  Quarterly Review , a magazine published by John Murray.The pamphlets were not primarily …
  • … his orders ( Letter 8616 ). However, when Robert Cooke, John Murray’s cousin, went round to …

List of correspondents

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Below is a list of Darwin's correspondents with the number of letters for each one. Click on a name to see the letters Darwin exchanged with that correspondent.    "A child of God" (1) Abberley,…

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Darwin in letters, 1865: Delays and disappointments

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The year was marked by three deaths of personal significance to Darwin: Hugh Falconer, a friend and supporter; Robert FitzRoy, captain of the Beagle; and William Jackson Hooker, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and father of Darwin’s friend…

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  • … Variation . In March Darwin wrote to his publisher, John Murray, ‘Of present book I have 7 …
  • … forward, except the last & concluding one’ ( letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] ). In …
  • … will be ready for the press in the autumn’ ( letter to John Murray, 4 April [1865] ). In early …
  • … ‘I am never idle when I can do anything’ ( letter to John Murray, 2 June [1865] ). It was not …

Darwin in letters, 1867: A civilised dispute

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Charles Darwin’s major achievement in 1867 was the completion of his large work, The variation of animals and plants under domestication (Variation). The importance of Darwin’s network of correspondents becomes vividly apparent in his work on expression in…

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  • … of the size of the two-volume work from his publisher, John Murray, he wrote to Murray on 3 …
  • … is as good as praise for selling a Book’ ( letter to John Murray, 31 January [1867] ). A …
  • … to translate  Variation . Indeed, he told his publisher, John Murray, in a letter of 4 April …
  • … time it took William Sweetland Dallas to prepare the index. John Murray had engaged Dallas and …

Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

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'My career’, Darwin wrote towards the end of 1872, 'is so nearly closed. . .  What little more I can do, shall be chiefly new work’, and the tenor of his correspondence throughout the year is one of wistful reminiscence, coupled with a keen eye…

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  • … to spread my views’, he wrote to his publisher, John Murray, on 30 January , shortly after …
  • … photographic plates with his overseas publishers, and with John Murray’s assistant, the excitable …
  • … of the booksellers, encouraged an originally cautious John Murray to gamble on the book’s success: & …
  • … attractive dishes in his `Literary Banquet’ (letters from John Murray, 6 November [1872] and 9 …

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

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The year 1874 was one of consolidation, reflection, and turmoil for Darwin. He spent the early months working on second editions of Coral reefs and Descent of man; the rest of the year was mostly devoted to further research on insectivorous plants. A…

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  • … of anonymous reviews. Its proprietor was none other than John Murray, Darwin’s publisher. So …
  • … to review me in a hostile spirit’ ( letter to John Murray, 11 August 1874 ). Darwin was …
  • … number of the Review & in the same type’  ( letter from John Murray, 12 August 1874 ). George …
  • … from E. A. Darwin, 17 [March 1874] ). He tried to persuade John Murray to publish a second edition …
  • … authority on marriage customs in  Descent  ( see letter John Murray, 9 May [1874] ). He …

Rewriting Origin - the later editions

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For such an iconic work, the text of Origin was far from static. It was a living thing that Darwin continued to shape for the rest of his life, refining his ‘one long argument’ through a further five English editions.  Many of his changes were made in…

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  • … a larger target audience were also made.  Darwin persuaded John Murray to include a glossary of …

Women as a scientific audience

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Target audience? | Female readership | Reading Variation Darwin's letters, in particular those exchanged with his editors and publisher, reveal a lot about his intended audience. Regardless of whether or not women were deliberately targeted as a…

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  • … chapters of Origin of Species to his publisher, John Murray. He hopes that his views are …

Darwin in letters, 1871: An emptying nest

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The year 1871 was an extremely busy and productive one for Darwin, with the publication in February of his long-awaited book on human evolution, Descent of man. The other main preoccupation of the year was the preparation of his manuscript on expression.…

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  • … ‘a windbag full of metaphysics & classics’ ( letter to John Murray, 13 April [1871] ). …
  • … he suspected that very few would actually sell (letters to John Murray, 17 August [1871] and …

Origin

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Darwin’s most famous work, Origin, had an inauspicious beginning. It grew out of his wish to establish priority for the species theory he had spent over twenty years researching. Darwin never intended to write Origin, and had resisted suggestions in 1856…

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  • … In late March, Lyell had a word with his own publisher, John Murray, who had already published …

Darwin in letters, 1858-1859: Origin

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The years 1858 and 1859 were, without doubt, the most momentous of Darwin’s life. From a quiet rural existence filled with steady work on his ‘big book’ on species, he was jolted into action by the arrival of an unexpected letter from Alfred Russel Wallace…

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  • … Lyell, 28 March [1859] ). Lyell suggested the firm of John Murray, publishers of the second edition …
  • … letter from Elwin to Murray, 3 May 1859 , and letter to John Murray, 6 May [1859] ). The …
  • … (letters to Charles Lyell, 28 March [1859] , and to John Murray, 10 September [1859] ), but …
  • … would change their minds without good cause.’ ( letter to John Murray, 2 December [1859] ). …

Darwin in letters, 1862: A multiplicity of experiments

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1862 was a particularly productive year for Darwin. This was not only the case in his published output (two botanical papers and a book on the pollination mechanisms of orchids), but more particularly in the extent and breadth of the botanical experiments…

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  • … buy it. When he submitted the manuscript to his publisher, John Murray, he boasted: ‘I can say with …
  • … in the least , whether the Book will sell’ ( letter to John Murray, 9 [February 1862] ). To his …

St George Jackson Mivart

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In the second half of 1874, Darwin’s peace was disturbed by an anonymous article in the Quarterly Review suggesting that his son George was opposed to the institution of marriage and in favour of ‘unrestrained licentiousness’. Darwin suspected, correctly,…

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  • … also wondering whether he should break off relations with John Murray, his own publisher and also …
  • … courteous response, agreeing to all he asked ( letter from John Murray, 12 August 1874 ). …
  • … having been used in a Pickwickian sense’ ( letter to John Murray, 18 October 1874 ). In other …

Darwin in letters, 1868: Studying sex

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The quantity of Darwin’s correspondence increased dramatically in 1868 due largely to his ever-widening research on human evolution and sexual selection.Darwin’s theory of sexual selection as applied to human descent led him to investigate aspects of the…

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  • … domestication . Having been advertised by the publisher John Murray as early as 1865, the two …
  • … in the British Museum, agreed about the authorship. John Murray thought it was by Gray himself, but …
  • … me in the face, but not behind my back’ ( letter to John Murray, 25 February [1868] ). Wallace …

Darwin in letters, 1875: Pulling strings

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‘I am getting sick of insectivorous plants’, Darwin confessed in January 1875. He had worked on the subject intermittently since 1859, and had been steadily engaged on a book manuscript for nine months; January also saw the conclusion of a bitter dispute…

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  • … .’ Hooker also directed some of his anger toward John Murray, the publisher of the …
  • … to pay the costs for printing an additional 250 ( letter to John Murray, 3 May 1875 ). In …

Darwin in letters, 1863: Quarrels at home, honours abroad

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At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of The variation of animals and plants under domestication, anticipating with excitement the construction of a hothouse to accommodate his increasingly varied botanical experiments…

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  • … At the start of 1863, Charles Darwin was actively working on the manuscript of  The variation of …

John Lort Stokes

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John Lort Stokes, naval officer, was Charles Darwin’s cabinmate on the Beagle voyage – not always an enviable position.  After Darwin’s death, Stokes penned a description of their evenings spent working at the large table at the centre, Stokes at his…

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  • … John Lort Stokes, naval officer, was Charles Darwin’s cabinmate on the Beagle voyage – not …

Darwin in letters,1866: Survival of the fittest

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The year 1866 began well for Charles Darwin, as his health, after several years of illness, was now considerably improved. In February, Darwin received a request from his publisher, John Murray, for a new edition of  Origin. Darwin got the fourth…

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  • … In February, Darwin received a request from his publisher, John Murray, for a new edition of On …
  • … On 21 February Darwin received notification from John Murray that stocks of the third edition of  …
  • … out, ‘business would be totally paralysed’. Similarly, John Murray gave as a reason for his decision …
  • … ‘gaieties travelling & War Bulletins’ ( letter from John Murray, 18 July 1866 ). I …

John Maurice Herbert

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John Maurice Herbert was a close friend of Darwin’s at Cambridge University. He was affectionately called ‘Cherbury’ by Darwin, a reference to the seventeenth-century philosopher Edward Herbert, Baron Cherbury, who, like John Herbert, hailed from…

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  • … chapter. Edited by Francis Darwin. 3 vols. London: John Murray. 1887–8. …

Darwin's in letters, 1873: Animal or vegetable?

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Having laboured for nearly five years on human evolution, sexual selection, and the expression of emotions, Darwin was able to devote 1873 almost exclusively to his beloved plants. He resumed work on the digestive powers of sundews and Venus fly traps, and…

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  • … “for Heaven knows when it will be ready” ( letter to John Murray, 4 May [1873] ). Keeping …
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