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From R. F. Cooke   5 November 1881

Summary

Memorandum: "3500 Worms!!!" sold at annual sale; 117 Movement in plants; 180 "Naturalist" [Journal of researches]; 600 Origin; 320 Descent.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Nov 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 523
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13460

Matches: 8 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 523 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 5 Nov 1881 Charles …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Earthworms : The formation of …
  • … their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. Journal of researches (1870): …
  • … By Charles Darwin. New edition. London: John Murray. 1870. Movement in plants : The power …
  • … of movement in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. …
  • … with additions and corrections to 1872. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. …
  • … 1880. Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. Science Progress in the Twentieth …

To R. F. Cooke   10 April 1881

Summary

Asks for quick decision on publication [of Earthworms]. Does not care whether it is published on commission or on usual terms, but wants it published in a hurry. Cannot guess at sales.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  10 Apr 1881
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 383–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13110

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 383–4) Charles Robert Darwin Down 10 Apr 1881 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … of worms: with observations on their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. …

To R. F. Cooke   29 July 1881

Summary

CD thought it was understood that he wanted to publish [Earthworms] at once, but as Murray "has the risk" CD must yield, though it destroys all his satisfaction in the book to have the publication hanging over him.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  29 July 1881
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 387–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13256

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 387–8) Charles Robert Darwin Down 29 July 1881 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … of worms: with observations on their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. …

To R. F. Cooke   31 July 1881

Summary

CD obliged to Murray for yielding to his wish for prompt publication [of Earthworms] but now uneasy about the risk. If Murray feels it will sell badly at this season he is unwilling to bear the responsibility. Murray should decide as he sees fit. CD is no longer so sulky as when he last wrote.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  31 July 1881
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 389–90)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13265

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 389–90) Charles Robert Darwin Down 31 July 1881 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … of worms: with observations on their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. …

To R. F. Cooke   12 April 1881

Summary

Agrees that new book [Earthworms] be published on old terms. Hopes it will not fail.

CD is curious to read an essay on evolution by a Hindu, which is being sent to Murray from India.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  12 Apr 1881
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 385–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13114

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 385–6) Charles Robert Darwin Down 12 Apr 1881 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … of worms: with observations on their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. …

To R. F. Cooke   5 October 1881

Summary

Glad book [Earthworms] will soon be published.

G. J. Romanes has copy and often writes reviews for Nature. Probably did not know it was incorrect to publish it prematurely.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  5 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 143: 295
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13372

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … DAR 143: 295 Charles Robert Darwin Down 5 Oct 1881 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …

From R. F. Cooke   10 September 1881

Summary

Only 270 copies of Movement in plants remain. Suggests printing another 250 and then breaking up type. If CD agrees, has he any corrections?

Sends a copy of Earthworms.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Sept 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 517
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13329

Matches: 4 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 517 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 10 Sept 1881 …
  • … their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …

To R. F. Cooke   [after 25 October 1881?]

Summary

Has no corrections. Pleased at sale of book [Earthworms].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  [after 25 Oct 1881?]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 296
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13433

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … 143: 296 Charles Robert Darwin Down [after 25 Oct 1881? ] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … of worms: with observations on their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. …

To R. F. Cooke   6 November 1881

Summary

Discusses additional printing of Earthworms.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  6 Nov 1881
Classmark:  DAR 143: 297
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13466

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … DAR 143: 297 Charles Robert Darwin Down 6 Nov 1881 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …

From R. F. Cooke   11 April 1881

Summary

Murray’s will be happy to publish [Earthworms] on usual terms of two-thirds profits.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Apr 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 574
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13112

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 574 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 11 Apr 1881 Charles …
  • … of worms: with observations on their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. …

From R. F. Cooke   30 July 1881

Summary

Hastens to assure CD that his book [Earthworms] will be published as soon as possible, since CD wishes it.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 July 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 516
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13261

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 516 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 30 July 1881 …
  • … of worms: with observations on their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. …

From R. F. Cooke   28 July 1881

Summary

Surprised by CD’s intention to publish [Earthworms] so soon. Remonstrates against doing so. Asks deferment until October to co-ordinate with American publication and ensure best profit.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 July 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 515
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13255

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 515 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 28 July 1881 …
  • … their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …

From R. F. Cooke   3 October 1881

Summary

Will send copies [of Earthworms] shortly. Troubled by rumour of a mysterious copy in hands of a reviewer.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 518
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13370

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 518 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 3 Oct 1881 Charles …
  • … their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …

From R. F. Cooke   8 October 1881

Summary

Will perhaps have to print off 1000 extra copies [of Earthworms]. Electros of the woodcuts are ready for the German edition.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 520
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13378

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 520 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St 8 Oct 1881 Charles …
  • … of worms: with observations on their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. …

From R. F. Cooke   14 October 1881

Summary

Has sent copies [of Earthworms] to Annals & Magazine of Natural History and to Popular Science Review. If W. S. Dallas edits both, he will have two copies.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 521
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13399

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 521 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 14 Oct 1881 Charles …
  • … of worms: with observations on their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. …

From R. F. Cooke   7 October 1881

Summary

Murray has sold 1200 copies [of Earthworms], so another printing of 500 is proposed. Has CD any corrections to send?

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 519
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13374

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 519 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 7 Oct 1881 Charles …
  • … their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …

From R. F. Cooke   25 October 1881

Summary

Second thousand [of Earthworms] has been exhausted and 3d is being printed. Asks CD to send corrections to the printer.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 171: 522
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13430

Matches: 3 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 522 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St 25 Oct 1881 Charles …
  • … their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …

To T. R. R. Stebbing   11 February 1881

Summary

Thanks him for his letter in Nature [23 (1880–1): 336, concerning Samuel Butler’s Unconscious Memory]. Explains how revision in Krause’s part [of Erasmus Darwin] and the subsequent misunderstanding came about.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Roscoe Rede Stebbing
Date:  11 Feb 1881
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.583)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13050

Matches: 5 hits

  • … notice by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1879. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1860. Origin 3d ed. : On the origin of …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1861. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Origin 2d ed. : On the origin of …

To Francis Darwin   27 May 1881

Summary

Dispatches chapters six and seven [of Earthworms].

Asks for any opinions on V. Hensen and his book, Physiologie der Zeugung [1881], which seems interesting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  27 May 1881
Classmark:  DAR 211: 77
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13179

Matches: 5 hits

  • … kingdom. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1876. Descent : The descent of man, and …
  • … intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. ‘Dimorphic condition in Primula ’: …
  • … their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. Grove, George. 2002. The new …

To Fritz Müller   12 April 1881

Summary

Earthworm book with printer.

Has sent FM’s observations on paraheliotropism to Nature ["Movement of leaves", Collected papers 2: 228–9].

Plants with differently coloured anthers.

Intends gathering together his notes on "bloom".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  12 Apr 1881
Classmark:  The British Library (Loan MS 10 no 51)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13113

Matches: 4 hits

  • … 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. …
  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Möller, Alfred, ed. 1915–21. Fritz …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …
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John Murray

Summary

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

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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

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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…

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…

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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

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…

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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

Summary

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

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

Women as a scientific audience

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1871: An emptying nest

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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

Summary

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1858-1859: Origin

Summary

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

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

Darwin in letters, 1862: A multiplicity of experiments

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…

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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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