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To John Murray   30 November 1877

Summary

Thanks for accounts which make everything intelligible to him. Since he was glad to have Orchids published at one-half of profits for himself, he believes it would be very shabby to accept JM’s new offer of two-thirds profits. Thinks it would be fairer to both to change to JM’s usual practice with authors [i.e., annual statements of sales, payments based on them, and final accounting when all copies have been sold].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  30 Nov 1877
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 299)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11262

Matches: 6 hits

  • … To John Murray   30 November 1877 …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 29 November [1877] . …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 29 November [1877] and n. 4. …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. …
  • … 299) Charles Robert Darwin Down 30 Nov 1877 John Murray

To John Murray   28 November 1877

Summary

On publishing details for various CD books.

Has no corrections for new issue of Descent [2d ed.].

Questions amount of cheque for profits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  28 Nov 1877
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 293–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11258

Matches: 11 hits

  • … To John Murray   28 November 1877 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 293–6) Charles Robert Darwin Down 28 Nov 1877 John Murray
  • … diary (DAR 242)). See Correspondence vol. 9, letter from John Murray, 23 September 1861 . …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 27 November [1877] . Orchids 2d ed. was published in January …
  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Earthworms : The formation of …
  • … habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. Forms of flowers : The different …
  • … same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Movement in plants : The power …
  • … Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Orchids 2d ed. : The various …
  • … fertilised by insects. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition, revised. London: John Murray. 1877. …

From John Murray   29 November [1877]

Summary

Answers CD’s query about payment made to him [for Descent and Forms of flowers] and explains the basis on which it was made. Because of CD’s wish to be paid before editions are sold off, profits must be estimated. If he were willing to accept annual statements of sales, payments based on them, and final accounting when all were sold, there would be no uncertainty. This is JM’s usual practice.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 497, DAR 210.11: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11259

Matches: 11 hits

  • … From John Murray   29 November [1877] …
  • … DAR 171: 497, DAR 210.11: 12 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 29 Nov [1877] Charles …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 28 November 1877 . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 28 November 1877 . See …
  • … Correspondence vol. 23, letter to John Murray, 3 May 1875 , …
  • … and letter from John Murray, 19 November [1875] . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 28 November 1877 and n. 8. Orchids was first published in 1862, …
  • … the same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Orchids : On the various …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Plant, Marjorie. 1965. The …
  • … My Dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq r Estimated A/c Supposing …

From John Murray   27 November [1877]

Summary

Sends CD his share of profits on Descent and Forms of flowers.

Wants to reprint Cross and self-fertilisation because supply of copies is entirely exhausted.

Congratulates CD on his Cambridge honour [LL.D.].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 495
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11255

Matches: 8 hits

  • … From John Murray   27 November [1877] …
  • … DAR 171: 495 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 27 Nov [1877] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Descent 2d ed. : The descent of …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Forms of flowers : The different …
  • … same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … My Dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | John Murray Charles Darwin Esq r Top of letter : ‘Not …
  • … Conn. : Archon Books, Shoe String Press. Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. …

To R. F. Cooke   24 November 1877

Summary

Asks exact number of copies of recent printing of Origin.

Approves stereotyping Orchids,

but fears he cannot approve of stereotyping Cross and self-fertilisation and Forms of flowers. It is too soon for the latter, and he is too busy to correct the former.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  24 Nov 1877
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 300–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11252

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 300–1) Charles Robert Darwin Down 24 Nov 1877 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Forms of flowers : The different …
  • … the same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Orchids : On the various …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …

To R. F. Cooke   11 December [1877]

Summary

Sends corrected sheets of Cross and self-fertilisation. How many copies will be printed? Asks whether he is correct in thinking that he has not been paid for the July printing.

Plans to correct Forms of flowers when new edition is needed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  11 Dec [1877]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 297–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11276

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 297–8) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Dec [1877] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Forms of flowers 2d ed. : The …
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1878. Cross and self fertilisation : …
  • … William Clowes & Sons were printers to John Murray, CD’s publisher. The first edition of …

To R. F. Cooke   11 April 1877

Summary

Sends MS [of Forms of flowers]. Since sale is likely to be small, Murray may not want to publish it on usual terms. CD thinks it may be his last book and asks Murray to publish it on most favourable terms he can afford.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  11 Apr 1877
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 304–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10926

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 304–5) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Apr 1877 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. Forms of flowers : The different …
  • … same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …
  • … books, Movement in plants and Earthworms . John Murray usually published CD’s books at his …

From R. F. Cooke   23 November 1877

Summary

Two thousand more copies of Origin to be printed. Has CD any corrections to make?

Type for Cross and self-fertilisation, Orchids, and Forms of flowers must now be broken up. If CD does not object, Murray will have stereotypes made of the three works. Asks for any corrections CD may want embodied.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 494
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11250

Matches: 6 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 494 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 23 Nov 1877 …
  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Forms of flowers : The different …
  • … same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Orchids 2d ed. : The various …
  • … fertilised by insects. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition, revised. London: John Murray. 1877. …
  • … 12 October 1877 . William Clowes & Sons were John Murray’s usual printers. Cross and self …

From R. F. Cooke   1 December 1877

Summary

Reprint of Origin will bring number to 19500 – so title-page may safely read "Twentieth Thousand".

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Dec 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 498
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11264

Matches: 6 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 498 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 1 Dec 1877 Charles …
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Forms of flowers : The different …
  • … same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … William Clowes & Sons were printers to John Murray. In his letter of 23 November 1877 , …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …

From R. F. Cooke   5 January 1877

Summary

Orchids [2d ed.] will soon be published.

1000 more copies of Descent [2d ed.] will soon have to be printed, so CD could send any alterations to be made in the plates.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 484
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10771

Matches: 7 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 484 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 5 Jan 1877 Charles …
  • … Weekly , 3 March 1877, p. 288). On John Murray’s annual November sale dinner, at which …
  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Descent 2d ed. : The descent of …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … Darwin. 2d edition, revised. London: John Murray. 1877. Orchids 2d US ed. : The various …
  • … Conn. : Archon Books, Shoe String Press. Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. …

From R. F. Cooke   16 March 1877

Summary

Sends cheques in payment of CD’s share of profits on Cross and self-fertilisation, now nearly exhausted,

and the latest printing of Origin.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Mar 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 485
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10896

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 485 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 16 Mar 1877 …
  • John Murray was CD’s publisher. CD recorded the receipt of £140 for profits from Cross and …
  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Origin (1876): The origin of …
  • … with additions and corrections to 1872. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. …

From R. F. Cooke   19 March 1877

Summary

Murray’s will not announce CD’s new work [Forms of flowers] until informed to do so.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Mar 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 486
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10903

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 486 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 19 Mar 1877 …
  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Forms of flowers : The different …
  • … same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … with additions and corrections to 1872. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. …

To R. F. Cooke   30 June [1877]

Summary

Has not heard from Appleton about an American edition [of Forms of flowers]. Asks how many copies Murray is printing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  30 June [1877]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 302–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11024

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 302–3) Charles Robert Darwin Bassett 30 June [1877] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … of flowers on plants of the same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. …

From R. F. Cooke   12 October 1877

Summary

Another issue of Origin will be needed for Murray’s annual sale. Has CD any corrections?

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 492
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11181

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 492 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 12 Oct 1877 …
  • … CD’s publisher, John Murray, held a sale dinner each November for the book trade ( J. …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … Conn. : Archon Books, Shoe String Press. Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. …

From R. F. Cooke   5 October 1877

Summary

About 150 copies remain of Forms of flowers.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 491
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11170

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 491 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 5 Oct 1877 Charles …
  • … animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Forms of flowers : The different …
  • … same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …

From R. F. Cooke   29 June 1877

Summary

Explains the delay in publishing [Forms of flowers].

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 June 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 488
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11022

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 488 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 29 June 1877 …
  • … William Clowes & Sons were printers to John Murray. Forms of flowers was published on 9 …
  • … same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. Forms of flowers US ed. : The …

From R. F. Cooke   29 November 1877

Summary

Answers CD’s query about number of copies of Origin recently printed. Order to print 2000, rather than 1000, was given after JM’s annual sales showed demand was keeping up.

Cross and self-fertilisation will be stereotyped after CD’s corrections have been made.

Printer will be asked to keep type of Forms of flowers standing, for the present.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 496
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11260

Matches: 5 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 496 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 29 Nov 1877 Charles …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … were invited ( J. Murray 1908–9 , p. 540). See letter to John Murray, 28 November 1877 . …
  • … Bibliography Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. Science Progress in the …

From R. F. Cooke   12 April 1877

Summary

JM will be pleased to publish the new work [Forms of flowers] on the usual terms. MS has been sent to the printer.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Apr 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 487
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10927

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 487 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 12 Apr 1877 …
  • … of flowers on plants of the same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. …
  • … R. F. Cooke, 11 April 1877 and n. 3. John Murray usually advertised CD’s forthcoming works …

From R. F. Cooke   2 July 1877

Summary

"Young Mr Appleton", when in London, told Murray’s to send a set of stereotype plates [of Forms of flowers]. A printing of 1000 copies has been ordered for the English edition.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 489
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11031

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 489 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 2 July 1877 …
  • … of flowers on plants of the same species. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1877. …

From R. F. Cooke   17 October 1877

Summary

Electrotypes and heliotypes can now be sent to Hjalmar Linnström, since payment is guaranteed by the Swedish Consul.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 493
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11187

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 493 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 17 Oct 1877 …
  • … of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …
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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…

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…

Matches: 1 hits

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

Women as a scientific audience

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1871: An emptying nest

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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.…

Matches: 2 hits

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

Origin

Summary

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1858-1859: Origin

Summary

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

Matches: 4 hits

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

Darwin in letters, 1862: A multiplicity of experiments

Summary

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

Matches: 2 hits

  • … 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,…

Matches: 3 hits

  • … 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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