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From John Murray   22 November [1875]

Summary

Sends cheques in payment on three of CD’s books.

Proposes to print 500 copies of Insectivorous plants before distributing the type.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 478
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10270

Matches: 12 hits

  • … From John Murray   22 November [1875] …
  • … DAR 171: 478 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 22 Nov [1875] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … for Origin 6th ed. , see Correspondence vol. 22, letter from John Murray, 29 July [1874] . …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 19 November [1875] and n. 2. …
  • … edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Correspondence : The correspondence …
  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Origin 6th ed. : The origin of …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 20 November 1875 . The cheques were for …
  • … and Climbing plants 2d ed. (see letter to John Murray, 20 November 1875 ). CD recorded …
  • … on 23 November 1875. See letter to John Murray, 20 November 1875 and n. 2. On the payment …
  • … 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …
  • … your health I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq r …

To John Murray   20 November 1875

Summary

Greatly pleased at sale [of Climbing plants].

Points out a discrepancy in their records of copies of Origin printed.

500 more copies of Insectivorous plants should last forever.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Nov 1875
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 318–19)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10267

Matches: 10 hits

  • … To John Murray   20 November 1875 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 318–19) Charles Robert Darwin Down 20 Nov 1875 John Murray
  • … plants. 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Insectivorous plants. …
  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Origin 6th ed. : The origin of species by …
  • … 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …
  • … Climbing plants 2d ed. (see letter from John Murray, 19 November [1875] ). In his letter …
  • … reprint of Origin 6th ed. ; see, however, letter from John Murray, 22 November [1875] . …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 19 November [1875] and n. 2. For CD’s presentation list for …

To John Murray   23 November 1875

Summary

Asks to be informed whenever more copies of his books are printed, as there may be errors to correct.

Asks how many copies of Origin have been printed "from the first". The number will be "a good puff" when listed in the new edition of Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 Nov 1875
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 316–17)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10272

Matches: 9 hits

  • … To John Murray   23 November 1875 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 316–17) Charles Robert Darwin Down 23 Nov 1875 John Murray
  • … See letter from John Murray, 22 November [1875] . A list of CD’s publications appeared on …
  • … s own presentation copies, which were free (see letter to John Murray, 20 November 1875 ). …
  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Origin 6th ed. : The origin of …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Variation 2d ed. : The …
  • … under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. …

From John Murray   23 November [1875]

Summary

JM has printed 16250 copies of Origin since 1859.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 479
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10273

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   23 November [1875] …
  • … Bibliography Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …
  • … DAR 171: 479 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 23 Nov [1875] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … the cheque | I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 23 November 1875 . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 23 November 1875 and n. 2. CD sent a cheque for extra …

To John Murray   5 May 1875

Summary

Agrees not to receive his share of sales on Insectivorous plants until 750 or 800 copies are sold. 1250 to be printed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 May 1875
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 f. 50)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9972

Matches: 6 hits

  • … To John Murray   5 May 1875 …
  • … Bibliography Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 4 May [1875] , concerning the publication of Insectivorous …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 f. …
  • … 50) Charles Robert Darwin Down 5 May 1875 John Murray

From John Murray   4 May [1875]

Summary

JM agrees to raise number of first printing [of Insectivorous plants] to 1250 if CD will wait for his share of profits until sales reach 750 or 800.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 May [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 450
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9969

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   4 May [1875] …
  • … Bibliography Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …
  • … DAR 171: 450 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 4 May [1875] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 3 May 1875 . CD had requested …
  • … in the print run of Insectivorous plants (see letter to John Murray, 3 May 1875 and n. 1). …
  • … 750 or 800— I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq r …

To John Murray   10 April [1875]

Summary

Is glad JM will publish [Climbing plants] as a separate little book. Some people have been much interested in it, though it has been read by very few.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  10 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 313)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9922

Matches: 7 hits

  • … To John Murray   10 April [1875] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. …
  • … 313) Charles Robert Darwin London, Bryanston St, 2 10 Apr [1875] John Murray
  • … and habits of climbing plants. 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. …
  • … between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 9 April [1875] . Murray had returned …
  • … of Climbing plants 2d ed. ; see letter from John Murray, 9 April [1875] and n. 2. …

From R. F. Cooke   6 August 1875

Summary

Giovanni Canestrini should be reminded that before any plates for another of CD’s books can be sent, payment must be made for those already sent.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Aug 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 462
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10109

Matches: 10 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 462 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 6 Aug 1875 Charles …
  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Variation 2d ed. : The variation of …
  • … Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Expression : The expression of …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … see letter from Ludwik Masłowski to [John Murray? ], 25 July 1875 and n. 5). See letter …
  • … The enclosure has not been found, but John Murray was seeking payment for electrotypes …
  • … for all CD’s other works published by John Murray, including Insectivorous plants , which …

From R. F. Cooke   30 August 1875

Summary

Apologises for the annoyance caused about the size of proof paper. Clears up misunderstanding. As for Climbing plants, RC thinks no less than 1500 copies of a book by CD should be printed.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Aug 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 468
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10139

Matches: 10 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 468 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 30 Aug 1875 …
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Descent 2d ed. : The descent of …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation 2d ed. : The variation …
  • … Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … paper. In addition to Variation 2d ed. , John Murray was publishing Climbing plants 2d ed. …
  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Origin 6th ed. : The origin of …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Origin : On the origin of …

To R. F. Cooke   23 October [1875]

Summary

Sends list for complimentary copies and suggests various arrangements related to publication of Climbing plants.

Thinks a revised edition of Orchids is needed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  23 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 324–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10216

Matches: 11 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 324–5) Charles Robert Darwin Down 23 Oct [1875] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … Books, Shoe String Press. Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. …
  • … Darwin. 2d edition, revised. London: John Murray. 1877. Variation 2d ed. : The variation …
  • … Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … with stereotype plates of CD’s books by John Murray at a small percentage over cost (see, …
  • … IV. Like other leading publishers, John Murray held a sale dinner in November at which the …
  • … 1875. Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. Science Progress in the Twentieth …

From John Murray   17 February [1875]

Summary

JM expresses his willingness to publish a new edition of Variation whenever CD revises it.

Descent [2d ed.] has not sold much since the annual sale – 1300 copies altogether.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Feb [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 444
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9861

Matches: 12 hits

  • … From John Murray   17 February [1875] …
  • … DAR 171: 444 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 17 Feb [1875] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Descent 2d US ed. : The descent …
  • … the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 16 February [1875] . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 16 February [1875] . Variation 2d ed.  was published in the …
  • … My Dear Sir | yours very sincerely | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq I have sold about 1300 of …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation 2d ed. : The variation …
  • … under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. …
  • … Conn. : Archon Books, Shoe String Press. Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. …

From R. F. Cooke   8 October 1875

Summary

Canestrini still owes £10 from 1869 for electros of 1st edition [of Variation].

RC has urged Clowes on with printing of Variation [2d ed.],

but with Climbing plants [2d ed.] ready, it need not be done before the annual sale.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Oct 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 471
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10187

Matches: 10 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 471 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 8 Oct 1875 Charles …
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Expression : The expression of …
  • … animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Lyell, Charles. 1875. Principles of …
  • … William Clowes & Sons were printers to John Murray. Climbing plants 2d ed. was published …
  • … considered as illustrative of geology. 12th edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. …
  • … Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. Variation 2d US ed. : The variation …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … copy of vol. 1 of Variation 2d ed. for John Murray’s November sale dinner (see J. Murray …
  • Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. Science Progress in the Twentieth Century …

From John Murray   19 November [1875]

Summary

Report on sales of Origin, Insectivorous plants, and Climbing plants.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 210.11: 3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10265

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   19 November [1875] …
  • … DAR 210.11: 3 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 19 Nov [1875] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … My Dear Sir | yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq 1.6 63"—] underl ; ‘753’ …
  • … plants. 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Insectivorous plants. …
  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Origin 6th ed. : The origin of species by …
  • … 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …

To R. F. Cooke   17 December [1875]

Summary

Discusses payment of £10 owed by Italians.

"No corrections for Voyage of Beagle [Journal of researches]."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  17 Dec [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 292
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10304

Matches: 10 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … Robert Darwin London, Bryanston St, 2 17 Dec [1875] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Correspondence : The correspondence …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Journal of researches (1860): …
  • … CD’s letter has not been found. John Murray charged an additional sum for supplying the …
  • … edition was published in 1845 by John Murray, who also issued all further UK reprints in …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Variation 2d ed. : The …
  • … Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … Darwin. Reprint edition. London: John Murray. 1860. Journal of researches : Journal of …

To R. F. Cooke   9 November [1875]

Summary

Climbing plants has sold better than he expected.

Thinks another 1000 of Origin may have to be printed; he has no corrections to make.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  9 Nov [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 322–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10252

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 322–3) Charles Robert Darwin Down 9 Nov [1875] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Origin 6th ed. : The origin of …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Variation 2d ed. : The …
  • … under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. …

To R. F. Cooke   29 June [1875]

Summary

Mentioned to Appleton only that stereotypes [for Insectivorous plants] would be provided for "a little above cost price". Glad the price of the book will be 14s. He likes making money, but cares more for wider distribution of his books. Is uneasy about sale of Insectivorous plants.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  29 June [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 334–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10035

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 334–5) Charles Robert Darwin Abinger Hall 29 June [1875] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Variation 2d ed. : The variation of …
  • … under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. …
  • … 1875 . Cooke had earlier told CD that John Murray was willing to provide stereotype plates …
  • … it as a separate volume ( letter from John Murray, 9 April [1875] ). CD began work on …

From R. F. Cooke   21 April 1875

Summary

V. O. Kovalevsky has paid for the Expression plates.

Still has 400 copies of Chauncey Wright’s pamphlet

and 450 of Müller’s Facts and arguments for Darwin.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Apr 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 448
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9944

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 448 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 21 Apr 1875 …
  • … in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Insectivorous plants. …
  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. [Kovalevsky, Vladimir Onufrievich], trans. …
  • … from R. F. Cooke, 19 March 1875 ). John Murray charged £75 for 1000 plates (Gaisinovich …
  • … 8 August [1872] . CD had arranged for John Murray to publish Chauncey Wright’s review of …
  • … Correspondence vol.  19, letter to John Murray, 17 August [1871] ). CD had also arranged …

To R. F. Cooke   4 July [1875]

Summary

Very glad about sales [of Insectivorous plants]. CD had hard work to persuade Murray to increase printing to 1250 copies, but owns he thought that number would last for eternity. U. S. publication and French, German, and Russian translations in the offing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  4 July [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 332–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10041

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 332–3) Charles Robert Darwin Abinger Hall 4 July [1875] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Insectivorous plants Russian …
  • … 3 July 1875  and n.  1. CD’s publisher, John Murray, had proposed printing 1000 copies of …
  • … the printing costs for an additional 250 copies ( letter from John Murray, 1 May [1875] , …
  • … and letter to John Murray, 3 May 1875 ). See letter from R.  F.  Cooke, 3 July 1875  and …

From John Murray   23 March [1875]

Summary

Sends CD a cheque for 68 guineas – his two-thirds share of profit on sale of 2000 copies of 2d edition of Descent.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Mar [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 446
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9899

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   23 March [1875] …
  • … DAR 171: 446 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 23 Mar [1875] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … of Man— (2000 copies) My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq …
  • … 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. …
  • … entry (National Library of Scotland, John Murray Archive, Ms. 42732, p. 398) was for £66 3 …

To R. F. Cooke   17 November 1875

Summary

Reminds RC that he will lose £200 unless Variation [2d ed.] sells pretty well in the U. S. [and therefore Murray’s price for stereotypes should be kept low].

Is unwilling that Insectivorous plants be stereotyped until he has profited by criticisms and new facts. It would be better to wait a few years and correct the book thoroughly before stereotyping.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  17 Nov 1875
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 320–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10263

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 320–1) Charles Robert Darwin Down 17 Nov 1875 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Correspondence : The correspondence …
  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Variation 2d ed. : The variation of …
  • … Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
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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…

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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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