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From John Murray Jr   15 September 1874

Summary

Sends CD a statement of number of thousands of copies printed thus far [by Murray’s] of: Journal of researches (12), Origin (13), Descent (10), and Expression (9).

Author:  John Murray, Jr; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Sept 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 440
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9639

Matches: 11 hits

  • … From John Murray Jr   15 September 1874 …
  • … Jr John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 440 John Murray, …
  • … Jr John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 15 Sept 1874 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John, …
  • … be quoted. I am Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | John Murray jun Ch Darwin Esq | &c &c &c …
  • John Murray Jr’s …
  • … father was John Murray (1808–92). CD’s letter has not been found. The ‘ …
  • … identified. Journal of researches (1870) . John Murray (1808–92) customarily held a sale …
  • … the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN. By Charles Darwin. New edition. London: John Murray. …
  • … 1870. Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. Science Progress in the Twentieth …

From John Murray   29 July [1874]

Summary

Orchids is at last sold out. Settles account.

The Origin [6th ed.] is making good [sales] progress.

Expression is not selling.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 July [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.11: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9574

Matches: 10 hits

  • … From John Murray   29 July [1874] …
  • … DAR 210.11: 2 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 29 July [1874] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Somerville, Mary. …
  • … On the connexion of the physical sciences. London: John Murray. Somerville, Mary. 1858. On …
  • … physical sciences. 9th edition. London: John Murray. Somerville, Mary. 1877. The connexion …
  • … 10th edition. Corrected and revised by Arabella Burton Buckley. London: John Murray. …
  • … Dear Sir | your obliged & faithful serv | John Murray Can you suggest the name of a fit & …
  • … in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Orchids : On the various …
  • … intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin 6th ed. : The origin …

From John Murray   3 November 1874

Summary

Statement of stock on hand of CD’s works.

Expression, curiously, at a dead stand-still.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 441
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9707

Matches: 10 hits

  • … From John Murray   3 November 1874 …
  • … DAR 171: 441 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 3 Nov 1874 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … stand still. — curious! My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  21, letter from John Murray, 25 September [1873] ), but the …
  • … anticipated sales did not occur (see letter from John Murray Jr, 15 September 1874 ). …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Expression : The expression of …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Journal of researches (1870): …
  • … a printed list of CD’s titles that John Murray attached to his letter, adding the numbers …
  • … command of Capt. FitzRoy RN. By Charles Darwin. New edition. London: John Murray. 1870. …

From John Murray   12 August 1874

Summary

Acknowledges CD’s complaint against a paper [by St George Mivart] in the last Quarterly Review [see 9568]. Agrees to print George Darwin’s answer [see 9596].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Aug 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41914 p. 203)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9599A

Matches: 6 hits

  • … From John Murray   12 August 1874 …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. …
  • … 41914 p. 203) John Murray 12 Aug 1874 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 11 August 1874 . CD had complained of remarks made about George …
  • … the same type I am Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | (signed John Murray C.  Darwin Esq …

To John Murray   5 November [1874]

Summary

Thanks JM for granting his request. Will write to D. Appleton.

CD is sorry about heavy loss from Expression; still thinks the book will sell in the course of years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 344)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9710

Matches: 6 hits

  • … To John Murray   5 November [1874] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. …
  • … 344) Charles Robert Darwin Down 5 Nov [1874] John Murray
  • … between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 3 November 1874 . Murray’s note has …
  • … Co. , 5 November 1874 . See letter from John Murray, 3 November 1874  and n.  5. …

From R. F. Cooke   12 November 1874

Summary

New edition of Descent just off the press. Murray feels price must be 9s instead of 12s, if it is to sell. This will reduce profit to almost nil.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 442
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9717

Matches: 9 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 442 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 12 Nov 1874 …
  • … costs of future editions. The publisher John Murray customarily held a ‘sale dinner’ in …
  • … to Athenæum , 1 January 1867 and n.  1). John Murray was the publisher of Origin 6th ed.   …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Descent : The descent of man, …
  • … to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Lyell, Charles. 1874. …
  • … The student’s elements of geology. 2d edition. London: John Murray. …
  • … 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …
  • Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. Science Progress in the Twentieth Century …

To R. F. Cooke   17 June [1874]

Summary

Hopes a printing of 2000 copies [of Descent, 2d ed.] will be safe. Regrets price must be 12s. He is sure it is much improved.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  17 June [1874]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 340–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9496

Matches: 8 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 340–1) Charles Robert Darwin Down 17 June [1874] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Descent : The descent of man, …
  • … Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Orchids : On the various contrivances …
  • … to R.  F.  Cooke, 10 April [1874] , and the letter to John Murray, 12 April 1874 . William …
  • … and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. …
  • … the printers used by CD’s publisher, John Murray. The first revise of Descent 2d ed. , …

To John Murray   12 April 1874

Summary

Discusses 2d edition of Descent. CD is inclined to a cheap edition and asks JM to consider a one-volume edition in double-column format.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  12 Apr 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 348–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9404

Matches: 8 hits

  • … To John Murray   12 April 1874 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 348–9) Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 Apr 1874 John Murray
  • … to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Lyell, Charles. 1874. …
  • … elements of geology. 2d edition. London: John Murray. Motley, John Lothrop. 1855. The rise …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Descent : The descent of man, …
  • Murray in April 1874 ( C. Lyell 1874 ; Publishers’ circular 1874, p.  276). CD’s copy is in the Darwin Library–Down. John

To John Murray   18 October 1874

Summary

Thanks for Quarterly Review [Oct 1874, containing G. H. Darwin’s letter and a rejoinder]. Is convinced the author is Mivart. Is therefore not surprised at malice in the article attacking his son [George Darwin] and grossly misrepresenting CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  18 Oct 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 345–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9685

Matches: 6 hits

  • … To John Murray   18 October 1874 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 345–6) Charles Robert Darwin Down 18 Oct 1874 John Murray
  • … to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Dickens, Charles. 1837. The …
  • … August] 1874  and n.  3, and letter from John Murray, 12 August 1874 ). A rejoinder from …

To John Murray   14 December 1874

Summary

Sends a suggested title [for Insectivorous plants?].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  14 Dec 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 342–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9758

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To John Murray   14 December 1874 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 342–3) Charles Robert Darwin Down 14 Dec 1874 John Murray
  • … Norgate. 1865. Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …

From R. F. Cooke   16 June 1874

Summary

In doubt about size of printing of the 2d edition of Descent. Profit on 2000 at 12s would be only £250.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 June 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 439
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9493

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 439 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 16 June 1874 …
  • … and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. …
  • … edition of Descent was published by John Murray on 13 November 1874 and was printed by …
  • … letter to R.  F.  Cooke, 10 April [1874] , and the letter to John Murray, 12 April 1874 . …

From R. F. Cooke   7 February 1874

Summary

Asks CD’s help in finding original woodcuts for "Voyage of a naturalist" [Journal of researches] for Reinwald.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Feb 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 438
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9271

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 438 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 7 Feb 1874 Charles …
  • … election (see Correspondence vol.  19, letter from John Murray, 20 February [1871] ). …
  • … RN. 2d edition, corrected, with additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845. …
  • … R.  F.  Cooke, 10 April [1874] ). In 1871, John Murray had asked CD to support Cooke’s own …

To John Murray   4 April 1874

Summary

Has finished corrections for 2d edition of Descent – "as hard work as I have ever had in my life". Estimates it is 40 pages longer than 1st edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Apr 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 350–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9388

Matches: 6 hits

  • … To John Murray   4 April 1874 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 350–1) Charles Robert Darwin Down 4 Apr 1874 John Murray
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Descent : The descent of man, …
  • … and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. …

From R. F. Cooke   17 November 1874

Summary

Booksellers approve of [9s] price for 2d edition of Descent. 1350 copies were sold at annual sale.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 443
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9721

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 443 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 17 Nov 1874 …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Journal of researches 2d ed. : …
  • … RN. 2d edition, corrected, with additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845. …
  • … CD’s publisher, John Murray, had originally intended to charge twelve shillings for …

To John Murray   9 May [1874]

Summary

Recommends that JM consider publishing a new edition of J. F. McLennan’s Primitive marriage [1865]. CD considers it very valuable and not too indelicate.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 May [1874]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 347–347A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9451

Matches: 6 hits

  • … To John Murray   9 May [1874] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 347–347A) Charles Robert Darwin Down 9 May [1874] John Murray
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. McLennan, John Ferguson. 1865. …
  • John Ferguson McLennan and his book Primitive marriage: an inquiry into the origin of the form of capture in marriage ceremonies ( McLennan 1865 ); see letters from J.  F.  McLennan, 5 May 1874  and 8 May 1874 . The first edition of McLennan 1865  was published by Adam and Charles Black of Edinburgh. No second edition was published. No reply from Murray

To John Murray   11 August 1874

Summary

Asks JM, as a favour, to use his influence with the Editor of Quarterly Review to print George Darwin’s answer to the charge made by the author of "Primitive man" [St George Mivart] that GD approved "of the encouragement of vice to check population".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  11 Aug 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 48–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9598

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To John Murray   11 August 1874 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. …
  • … 48–9) Charles Robert Darwin Bassett 11 Aug 1874 John Murray
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. [Mivart, St George Jackson. ] …

To R. F. Cooke   8 April 1874

Summary

Discusses illustrations for 2d edition of Descent.

"My nephew [Henry Parker] got into the Athenaeum with splendid success."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  8 Apr 1874
Classmark:  DAR 143: 290
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9398

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … DAR 143: 290 Charles Robert Darwin Down 8 Apr 1874 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Descent : The descent of man, …
  • … and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. …
  • … for Descent 2d ed. , see the letter to John Murray, 4 April 1874  and n.  4. CD refers to …

To R. F. Cooke   10 April [1874]

Summary

Is glad to have Descent cheaper and sold more largely, but would be sorry to see it printed like the Origin. "The closeness of the lines is the great fault." Fears book might be very thick. "I hear scores of people complaining of the heavy and thick books which you publish."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  10 Apr [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 291
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9402

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … DAR 143: 291 Charles Robert Darwin Down 10 Apr [1874] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Lyell, Charles. 1865. Elements …
  • … monuments. 6th edition, revised. London: John Murray. Origin 6th ed. : The origin of …
  • … 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …

To D. Appleton & Co.   5 November 1874

Summary

Has just had printed a new edition of Descent [1874] and is anxious that this improved version be circulated in America.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  D. Appleton & Co
Date:  5 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 97: C63–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9713

Matches: 5 hits

  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Insectivorous plants US ed. By …
  • … F.  Cooke, 12 November 1874  and n.  4). John Murray was the publisher of Descent 2d ed. , …
  • … three new woodcuts (see letter to John Murray, 4 April 1874  and n.   4). D.  Appleton & …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Descent 2d US ed. : The descent …

From Anton Dohrn   6 April 1874

Summary

His gratitude for CD’s gift. An account of his difficulties with the Zoological Station and his health.

F. M. Balfour has told him that CD would like to see the question of complemental males in cirripedes studied again. AD would like to enter the field and to study the whole morphological development of cirripedes.

Describes the interest in embryological work in Russia and Germany.

Author:  Felix Anton (Anton) Dohrn
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Apr 1874
Classmark:  DAR 162: 214
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9394

Matches: 8 hits

  • … in southern Italy. 8th edition. London: John Murray. Karl Baedeker (Firm). 1873. Italy. …
  • … 1 vol. and atlas. Leipzig: Leopold Voss. John Murray (Firm). 1873. Handbook for travellers …
  • … in southern Italy. 7th edition. London: John Murray. …
  • John Murray (Firm). 1878. Handbook for travellers …
  • … European or common mole. The publishers John Murray and Verlag Karl Baedeker both issued …
  • … Italy; the most recent editions were John Murray (Firm) ed.  1873 and Karl Baedeker (Firm) …
  • … for travellers in southern Italy ( John Murray (Firm) 1873 ) has been found; however, a …
  • … of visitors to the aquarium’ ( John Murray (Firm) 1878 , p.  148). Dohrn’s letter to …
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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,…

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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

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…

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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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