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To John Murray   4 September 1879

Summary

Though not sanguine about sale [of Erasmus Darwin] it seems fair that if over 1500 copies are sold he should receive two-thirds profit. If JM does not agree, he would prefer publishing on commission or asking Macmillan if they will give him larger profits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Sept 1879
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 358–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12218

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  • … To John Murray   4 September 1879 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 358–9) Charles Robert Darwin Down 4 Sept 1879 John Murray
  • … by W. S. Dallas, with a preliminary notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1879. …

To R. F. Cooke   9 September 1879

Summary

Pleased that JM will allow two-thirds profits [on Erasmus Darwin] for he wants Krause to receive some profit.

He and his son [Francis] are preparing a large botanical work [Movement in plants], dry as dust, which he must publish on commission. He will be lucky to lose only £100.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  9 Sept 1879
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 360–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12222

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  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 360–1) Charles Robert Darwin Down 9 Sept 1879 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1879. Krause, Ernst. 1879a. Erasmus Darwin, …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …

To John Murray   2 June 1879

Summary

Intends to publish a translation of Ernst Krause’s essay on Dr Erasmus Darwin, with a prefatory notice by himself. Asks JM to decide whether to publish it on commission or on usual two-thirds profit terms. CD incapable of judging chance of its selling.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 June 1879
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 356–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12078

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  • … To John Murray   2 June 1879 …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 356–7) Charles Robert Darwin Down 2 June 1879 John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1879. Krause, Ernst. 1879a. Erasmus Darwin, …

To R. F. Cooke   18 November [1879]

Summary

Thinks W. P. Garrison’s book [extracts from Journal of researches for juvenile readers] would serve as an advertisement for the Journal.

Disappointed at sale of Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  18 Nov [1879]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 364–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12327

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  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 364–5) Charles Robert Darwin Down 18 Nov [1879] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers. Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. …

From John Murray   3 September [1879]

Summary

Likes CD’s memoir of his grandfather and offers to publish 1000 copies at his own risk, giving half the profits to CD.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Sept [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 92: B12–13
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12217

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  • … From John Murray   3 September [1879] …
  • … DAR 92: B12–13 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 3 Sept [1879] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … by W. S. Dallas, with a preliminary notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1879. …

To R. F. Cooke   4 October [1879]

Summary

Final arrangements for publishing Erasmus Darwin. If he were publishing on commission he would have printed only 1000 copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  4 Oct [1879]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 362–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12247

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  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 362–3) Charles Robert Darwin Down 4 Oct [1879] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray

From R. F. Cooke   11 September 1879

Summary

On cost of the portrait of Dr Darwin, for Erasmus Darwin.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Sept 1879
Classmark:  DAR 171: 502
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12226

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  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 502 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray Rhiwgwreiddyn, Machynlleth 11 Sept 1879 …
  • … notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1879. Erasmus Darwin US ed. : Erasmus …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …

From R. F. Cooke   6 September 1879

Summary

Murray’s offer to publish Erasmus Darwin. RC states terms and preliminary arrangements.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Sept 1879
Classmark:  DAR 92: B5–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12219

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  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 92: B5–6 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 6 Sept 1879 …
  • … notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1879. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The …
  • … considered as illustrative of geology. 12th edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. …
  • Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. Science Progress in the Twentieth Century …

From John Murray   3 June [1879]

Summary

Is well disposed toward publishing Krause’s essay on Dr Erasmus Darwin, particularly if CD undertakes to fill up its gaps. He thinks ED’s reputation is increasing.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 June [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 92: B11
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12080

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  • … From John Murray   3 June [1879] …
  • … DAR 92: B11 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 3 June [1879] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …

From R. F. Cooke   25 October 1879

Summary

Asks CD what title to put on spine of Erasmus Darwin. Suggests 7s 6d as the price.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Oct 1879
Classmark:  DAR 92: B3–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12270

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  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 92: B3–4 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 25 Oct 1879 …

From Albin Gaertner   27 May 1879

Summary

CD’s works have opened a new world for him.

Sends a case of inheritance: a fingernail biting habit has persisted for four generations in a Viennese lawyer’s family.

Author:  Albin Gaertner
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 May 1879
Classmark:  DAR 165: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12064

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  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Expression : The expression of …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To Karl Alberts   8 October 1879

Summary

John Murray could supply clichés of two woodcuts at a trifling cost.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Karl Alberts
Date:  8 Oct 1879
Classmark:  Erbengemeinschaft Alberts (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12251F

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  • John Murray could supply clichés of two woodcuts at a trifling cost. …

From Paul Aussant-Carà   13 June 1879

Summary

Expresses great admiration for CD and requests a picture of him with his signature.

Author:  Paul (Paolo) Aussant-Carà
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 June 1879
Classmark:  DAR 159: 128
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12106

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  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Expression : The expression of …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Moulinié, Jean Jacques, trans. …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Pozzi, Samuel and Benoît, René, …

To Ernst Krause   9 March 1879

Summary

CD and his brother Erasmus have read EK’s article on Erasmus Darwin. Asks whether EK would object to a translation by W. Dallas, to be offered to Fortnightly Review or to be published at CD’s expense as a book.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Ernst Ludwig (Ernst) Krause
Date:  9 Mar 1879
Classmark:  The Huntington Library (HM 36175)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11920

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  • … Darwin. By Fritz Müller. London: John Murray. Erasmus Darwin. By Ernst Krause. Translated …
  • … notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1879. Krause, Ernst. 1879a. Erasmus Darwin, …

From Francis Darwin to Emma Darwin   30 June 1879

Summary

Last night had tremendous thunderstorm. Will ask Goebel about proshelismus. Describes experiments on beans. Please send Bessy’s address. Has got to know nice Englishman named Purdy and his wife. Bathes nearly every night with the Finlander.

Author:  Francis Darwin
Addressee:  Emma Wedgwood; Emma Darwin
Date:  30 June 1879
Classmark:  DAR 274.1: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12128F

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  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Movement in plants : The power of …
  • … Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. NDB : Neue deutsche Biographie. …

To Reginald Darwin   8 April 1879

Summary

Details of family history. Has discovered Dr Darwin did get to Edinburgh before his son, Charles, died.

The more CD reads of Dr Darwin the higher he rises in his estimation.

Is tired of writing letters, "half the fools throughout Europe write to ask me the stupidest questions".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Reginald Darwin
Date:  8 Apr 1879
Classmark:  DAR 153: 98; Lawrences Auctioneers, Crewkerne, Somerset (dealers) (2009); LL 3: 219
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11982

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  • … notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1879. LL : The life and letters of Charles …
  • … by Francis Darwin. 3 vols. London: John Murray. 1887–8. Moilliet, Amelia and Moilliet, …

To J. V. Carus   17 July 1879

Summary

Gives an account of his publication plans for his and Ernst Krause’s Erasmus Darwin.

CD has never even dreamed of publishing his own autobiography.

Is now working, with Francis, on plant movements.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Julius Victor Carus
Date:  17 July 1879
Classmark:  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Slg. Darmstaedter Lc 1859: Darwin, Charles, Bl. 172–173)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12163

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  • … by Francis Darwin. 3 vols. London: John Murray. 1887–8. Movement in plants : The power of …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …
  • … notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1879. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The …

From Hugo de Vries   7 August 1879

Summary

Experiments to determine mechanism of tendril curvature; importance of variations in cell turgidity. Contraction in roots caused by increased turgor.

Author:  Hugo de Vries
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Aug 1879
Classmark:  DAR 180: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12186

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  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Movement in plants : The power …
  • … Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Vries, Hugo de. 1871. Sur la …

From W. T. Thiselton-Dyer   10 June 1879

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Sleep in Crotalaria.

Report of John Ball’s lecture to Geographical Society: Alpine flora is direct descendant of Palaeozoic flora ["On the origin of the flora of the European Alps", Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society and Monthly Record of Geography 1: 564–88].

Author:  William Turner Thiselton-Dyer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 June 1879
Classmark:  DAR 209.10: 85
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12099

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  • … Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Origin : On the origin of species …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Thomson, William. 1862a. On the …

To Francis Darwin   2 June [1879]

Summary

Thanks for FD’s letter describing microscopic work under experienced supervision.

Is glad to hear of C. E. Stahl’s objection to treating plants as mere machines.

Pleased that J. von Sachs has yielded on growth.

Perhaps Stahl will recognise whether the case of the silver fir is the same as that referred to in the German account [see 12074b].

CD has finished the first draft of his essay on Erasmus Darwin’s life and is "heartily sick of the job".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  2 June [1879]
Classmark:  DAR 271.4: 15
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12078A

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  • … notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1879. Krause, Ernst. 1879a. Erasmus Darwin, …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …
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John Murray

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

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

List of correspondents

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

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Darwin in letters, 1865: Delays and disappointments

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1867: A civilised dispute

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1872: Job done?

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1874: A turbulent year

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

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

Rewriting Origin - the later editions

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

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

Women as a scientific audience

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1871: An emptying nest

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

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

Origin

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1858-1859: Origin

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1862: A multiplicity of experiments

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

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

St George Jackson Mivart

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1868: Studying sex

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1875: Pulling strings

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

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

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

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

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

John Lort Stokes

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

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

Darwin in letters,1866: Survival of the fittest

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

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

John Maurice Herbert

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

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

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

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

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