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From John Murray    18 September [1868]

Summary

JM will send another copy of Variation to B. D. Walsh.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 360
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6376

Matches: 9 hits

  • … From John Murray    18 September [1868] …
  • … DAR 171: 360 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 18 Sept [1868] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … Walsh lived in Rock Island, Illinois (see letter to John Murray, 16 September [1868] ). …
  • … the shoulders of Your faithful serv t | John Murray On referring to your letter there is …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 16 September [1868] . CD had told …
  • … January that he had asked his publisher, John Murray, to send a copy of Variation through …
  • … London directory 1866). See letter to John Murray, 16 September [1868] . Sampson Low was …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

From John Murray   30 January [1862]

Summary

Discusses manuscript by H. W. Bates [Naturalist on the river Amazons (1863)].

Mentions CD’s forthcoming book [Orchids].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3420

Matches: 8 hits

  • … From John Murray   30 January [1862] …
  • … Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25. ) John Murray London, Albemarle St 30 Jan [1862] Charles …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … to finish I am My Dear Sir | Your obliged & faithful | John Murray Charles Darwin Esq …
  • … C.  Lyell 1863a), which was published by John Murray on 6 February 1863 (C.  Lyell 1863b, …
  • … from H.  W.  Bates, 25 January 1862  and to the letter to John Murray, 28 January [1862] . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 28 January [1862] . The reference is to Henry Walter Bates. …
  • … intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Post Office directory of the …

From John Murray   20 February [1871]

Summary

A second edition [issue] of Descent may be needed in short time; preparations should be made, and corrections sent to Clowes. Wallace, Mivart, and F. P. Cobbe have been sent copies of both volumes.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 388
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7496

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  • … From John Murray   20 February [1871] …
  • … DAR 171: 388 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 20 Feb [1871] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … Cap My dear Sir | yours very sincerely | John Murray I hope to see you Thursday or Friday. …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … to the publication of Descent. See letter to John Murray, 19 February [1871] . Descent was …
  • … 24 February 1871 ( Freeman 1977 ). See letter from John Murray, 18 February [1871] , …
  • … and letter to John Murray, 19 February [1871] . CD was in London from 23 February to 2  …

To John Murray   11 November 1872

Summary

CD is delighted and astonished at sale of Expression,

and pleased with sale of others, except Descent. He fears a new edition of that work may never be required. Would have liked to bring out a thoroughly revised one.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  11 Nov 1872
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 276–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8620

Matches: 11 hits

  • … To John Murray   11 November 1872 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 276–7) Charles Robert Darwin Down 11 Nov 1872 John Murray
  • … Edited by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1890. Expression : The expression of the …
  • … 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. …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 9 November 1872 . Seven thousand copies of Descent had been …
  • … Correspondence vol.  17, letter to John Murray, [after 18 September 1869] ). Alfred Russel …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Expression 2d ed. : The expression …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  19, letter to John Murray, 8 March [1871] ); CD thought it was …

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

Matches: 5 hits

  • … 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 John Murray   18 [June 1862]

Summary

Superb, but exaggerated, review [of Orchids, by M. J. Berkeley] in London Review [& wkly J. Polit. 4 (1862): 553–4]. Asa Gray thinks almost as highly. "I have not been a fool, as I thought I was, to publish." The Athenæum review will hinder sales greatly.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  18 [June 1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 123)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3609

Matches: 7 hits

  • … To John Murray   18 [June 1862] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. …
  • … 123) Charles Robert Darwin Down 18 [June 1862] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. …
  • … by the relationship to the letter to John Murray, 13 June [1862] , and to the letter to …
  • … proposed by Asa Gray (see letter to John Murray, 13 June [1862] , and letter to Asa Gray, …

From John Murray   1 April 1859

Summary

On the strength of CD’s details about his work on species and his knowledge of CD’s former publications, JM offers to publish [Origin] without seeing the MS.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Apr 1859
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41913 p.32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2443

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  • … From John Murray   1 April 1859 …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. …
  • … 41913 p.32) John Murray unstated 1 Apr 1859 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … For CD’s earlier correspondence with John Murray concerning the publication of Journal of …
  • … RN. 2d edition, corrected, with additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845. …
  • … at the trade price xxxxx Yours very faithfully | (signed) John Murray. Charles Darwin Esq …

From John Murray   7 May 1861

Summary

Encloses amended note of £372 for third edition of Origin. Provides details of the calculation of profits.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 May 1861
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41913 pp. 107–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3141A

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  • … From John Murray   7 May 1861 …
  • … I remain | Dear Sir | Y rs . Very faithfully | (signed) John Murray C.  Darwin Esq …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41913 …
  • … pp. 107–8) John Murray 7 May 1861 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … See letters to John Murray, 30 April [1861] and 3 May [1861] . According to the terms CD …
  • … Correspondence vol.  7, letter from John Murray, 1 April 1859 ). According to Murray’s …

From John Murray   2 November 1859

Summary

By this post he sends for approval specimen copy of CD’s book [Origin of species]. At 14 s., 1250 copies will yield £240, two-thirds of which will go to author. Arrangements for early copies.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Nov 1859
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41913 pp. 53–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2513A

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  • … From John Murray   2 November 1859 …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41913 …
  • … pp. 53–4) John Murray 2 Nov 1859 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … ed. 1959,p.  775. See also letters to John Murray, 15 October [1859] and [3 November …
  • … to the proof-sheets. See letters to John Murray, 14 June [1859] and 15 October [1859] . …
  • … haste) | Yours very faithfully, (signed) John Murray. In the above statement of probable …

To John Murray   20 October [1859]

Summary

Cannot suggest an appropriate device or ornament for cover [of Origin].

Will send a list for distribution of author’s copies as soon as JM tells him approximate trade price.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Oct [1859]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.94–95)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2508

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  • … To John Murray   20 October [1859] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.94–95) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Ilkley 20 Oct [1859] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … on the spine. ’ (Peckham ed. 1959, p.  17). See letter from John Murray, 2 November 1859 . …

To John Murray   8 January [1867]

Summary

CD annoyed at large size of Variation. Suggests printing detailed parts in small type. JM can, of course, decline to publish altogether.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  8 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 155–157)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5350

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  • … To John Murray   8 January [1867] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 155–157) Charles Robert Darwin Down 8 Jan [1867] John Murray
  • … Clowes & Sons at Stamford Street, London (see letter from John Murray, 2 January [1867] ). …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … size of the book (see letter from John Murray, 2 January [1867] ). For CD’s anxiety …
  • … his chapter on humans, see the letter to John Murray, 3 January [1867] and n.  5, and the …

From John Murray   12 February [1868]

Summary

CD’s letter encourages Murray to proceed with a new edition of Variation; corrections will cost £176.

First notice has appeared in Pall Mall Gazette [7 (1868): 555].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171 : 355
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5869

Matches: 8 hits

  • … From John Murray   12 February [1868] …
  • … DAR 171 : 355 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 12 Feb [1868] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … eager for it I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 9 February [1868] . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 9 February [1868] . For CD’s presentation list for the second …
  • … vol.  16, Appendix IV. See letter to John Murray, 9 February [1868] and n.  5. William …

To John Murray   15 July [1866]

Summary

4th edition of Origin will soon be bound. Suggests sending copies to scientific periodicals that might notice it. Hopes JM will specify in advertisements that the work is corrected and enlarged. Hopes pages will be cut. Only insanity accounts for this not being done in England.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  15 July [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 145–146)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5155

Matches: 9 hits

  • … To John Murray   15 July [1866] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 145–146) Charles Robert Darwin Down 15 July [1866] John Murray
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Owen, Richard. 1866–8. On the …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … this letter and the letter from John Murray, 25 May [1866] . Although Murray printed the …
  • … has not been found; see also letter from John Murray, 23 July [1866] . CD also prepared a …
  • … to Murray in December (see letter to John Murray, 21 and 22 December [ 1866] ). For more …

To John Murray   [3 July 1845]

Summary

Thanks JM for present of 12 copies [of first part of Journal of researches, 2d ed.]. MS [of second part] will be sent to printer Monday or Tuesday.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [3 July 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 27–28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-885

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  • … To John Murray   [3 July 1845] …
  • … Dated by the relationship to the letter to John Murray, [28 June 1845] . …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 27–28) Charles Robert Darwin Down [3 July 1845] John Murray

To John Murray   24 August [1862]

Summary

CD is well content with sale of 768 copies [of Orchids]. Hopes and expects remainder will ultimately be sold.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  24 Aug [1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 125–126)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3699

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  • … To John Murray   24 August [1862] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 125–126) Charles Robert Darwin Southampton 24 Aug [1862] John Murray
  • … translation of Orchids (Bronn trans.  1862); see letter to John Murray, 13 June [1862] . …
  • … and on the good effects of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. …
  • … Freeman 1977 , p.  112, and letter to John Murray, 9 April [1862] ); CD had been concerned …
  • … the book might not sell (see letter to John Murray, 9 [February 1862] ). CD had arranged …
  • … Arts (A.  Gray 1862a; see letters to John Murray, 13 June [1862] and 20 [June 1862] ). CD …

From R. F. Cooke   12 November 1874

Summary

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

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

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

To John Murray   6 May [1859]

Summary

CD is convinced that the suggestions [for the Origin?] of both Lyell and Whitwell Elwyn are impracticable.

Will send first six chapters of MS next week. Has taken such pains with it that he hopes corrections will not be heavy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  6 May [1859]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.57–57A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2459

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  • … To John Murray   6 May [1859] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.57–57A) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 6 May [1859] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … to the letter from Whitwell Elwin to John Murray, 3 May 1859 . CD refers to chapter 14 of …

To John Murray   30 [January 1860]

Summary

Suggests it would be easier and cheaper if he were given one or two pages in preface [to Journal of researches] for two or three important errors. Would like to take out one sentence if present preface is not stereotyped. Table of contents is shabby.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  30 [Jan 1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.92–93)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2616

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  • … To John Murray   30 [January 1860] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.92–93) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 30 [Jan 1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of Capt. FitzRoy RN. By Charles Darwin. Reprint edition. London: John Murray. 1860. …
  • … by the relationship to the letter to John Murray, 29 January [1860] . The new issue of …

To John Murray   23 [January 1860]

Summary

Has agreed to permit P. T. A. Talandier to translate the Origin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 [Jan 1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.62–63)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2664

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  • … To John Murray   23 [January 1860] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.62–63) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 23 [Jan 1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … See Correspondence vol.  7, letter to John Murray, 14 November [1859] . Louise Swanton …

To John Murray   5 February [1860]

Summary

Thanks JM for highly flattering extract from German newspaper.

Asks JM to take steps to reserve to CD right of translation in Germany.

If there is to be a new title-page to Journal of researches, it would be a "splendid puff" to put in "7th thousand", or if Colburn’s 1500 can be added: "8th thousand".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 Feb [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.88–89)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2688

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  • … To John Murray   5 February [1860] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.88–89) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 5 Feb [1860] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … German edition of Origin . See letter to John Murray, 3 February [1860] . The extract from …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
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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

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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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