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From John Murray   12 November [1872]

Summary

Price of Expression is 12s.

Sends cheque to pay CD his share of profits on Origin [6th ed.].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 430
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8622

Matches: 9 hits

  • … From John Murray   12 November [1872] …
  • … DAR 171: 430 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 12 Nov [1872] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … 8. See letter to John Murray, 11 November 1872  and n.  7. Murray refers to Charles Edward …
  • … November I remain | My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Charles Darwin Esq …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 11 November 1872 . See letter from R.   …
  • … Cooke, 27 October [1872] and n.  6. See letter to John Murray, 11 November 1872  and n.   …
  • … animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Origin : On the origin of species …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Prodger, Phillip. 2009. Darwin’s …

To John Murray   29 April [1869]

Summary

Thanks JM for Quarterly Review. A. R. Wallace’s article inimitably good – and a triumph that it appears where it will make B[ishop] of O[xford] and Owen gnash their teeth.

Delighted at the sale of F. Müller’s book.

Thinks he has brought Origin up to "present standard of science" [5th ed. (June 1869)].

Slow progress on Descent.

His horse rolled over him, but he is recovering rapidly.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  29 Apr [1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 201–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6718

Matches: 9 hits

  • … To John Murray   29 April [1869] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 201–2) Charles Robert Darwin Down 29 Apr [1869] John Murray
  • … the cover. John Lubbock. See letter from John Murray, 28 April [1869] and n.  2. CD refers …
  • … 5th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1869. …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 28 April [1869] . …
  • … Quarterly Review was published by John Murray; he had evidently sent the issue containing …
  • … selection ([Wallace] 1869b; see letter from John Murray, 28 April [1869] ). CD also refers …

To John Murray   22 February [1866]

Summary

CD is pleased [about need for a new edition of Origin] but even more grieved – for it will delay his next book [Variation]. Progress of natural history will make many changes necessary in Origin. Nevertheless, proceeds with 32 more woodcuts for Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 139–142)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5016

Matches: 14 hits

  • … To John Murray   22 February [1866] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 139–142) Charles Robert Darwin Down 22 Feb [1866] John Murray
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Post Office directory of the six …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … fourth edition of Origin ; see letter from John Murray, 21 February [1866] . CD refers to …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  13, letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] and n.  4). No record …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  13, letter to John Murray, 31 March [1865] and n.  4. CD refers …
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … publication costs. See letter from John Murray, 21 February [1866] . Murray had allowed CD …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  11, letter to John Murray, 22 January [1863] and n.  3). For more …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  13, letters to John Murray, 31 March [1865] , 4 April [1865] , …
  • … and 2 June [1865] , and letter from John Murray, 1 April 1865 . The ten woodcuts of …

To John Murray   24 September [1873]

Summary

CD will have to make heavy corrections in Expression and Descent if there ever is a new edition of either.

Will soon begin another book [Insectivorous plants].

It and a second one [Cross and self-fertilisation] will sell only "very specially".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  24 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 352–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9066

Matches: 10 hits

  • … To John Murray   24 September [1873] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 352–3) Charles Robert Darwin Down 24 Sept [1873] John Murray
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 23 September [1873] . CD was settling …
  • … of books with Murray (see letter from John Murray, 23 September [1873] and n.  2). Murray …
  • … Books, Shoe String Press. Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. …
  • … 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …
  • … 1875. Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. Science Progress in the Twentieth …

From John Murray   22 March 1871

Summary

Completes payment for 2d issue [of Descent]; has sold 1300 of the 2000 copies printed. Will probably print 2000 more for 3d issue.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 394
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7611

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   22 March 1871 …
  • … DAR 171: 394 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 22 Mar 1871 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. …
  • … the second printing of Descent (see letter from John Murray, 18 March [1871] and n.  3). …
  • … originally planned a further 1000 copies (see letter from John Murray, 20 March [1871] ). …
  • … 2,000 will be wanted I am My Dear Sir | Your’s very faithfully | John Murray Ch Darwin Esq …

From John Murray   30 May [1866]

Summary

On reflection, in view of the extensive additions CD has made to Origin, has decided to print 1500 copies [of 4th ed.].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 May [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 335
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5105

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   30 May [1866] …
  • … DAR 171: 335 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 30 May [1866] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 28 May [1866] . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 28 May [1866] . Murray had …
  • … print 1000 copies (see letter from John Murray, 25 May [1866] and n.  2). See Appendix IV …
  • … n for yourself I remain | My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Ch Darwin Esq …

To John Murray   23 September [1871]

Summary

Has been so unwell that he could do absolutely nothing on Origin [6th ed.]. A new chapter seven has cost much labour.

Sorry to hear R. I. Murchison is ill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 234–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7964

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  • … To John Murray   23 September [1871] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 234–5) Charles Robert Darwin Down 23 Sept [1871] John Murray
  • … refers to Origin 6th ed. ; see letter to John Murray, 17 August [1871] and n.  7. William …
  • … to Roderick Impey Murchison; see letter from John Murray, 22 September [1871] and n.  4. …
  • … 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 22 September [1871]. CD refers to …
  • … Anatomy and Physiology (see letter from John Murray, 22 September [1871] and n.  2). The …

To John Murray   13 April [1871]

Summary

Has no idea who wrote the Times review [of Descent]. Writer has no knowledge of science and "seems a windbag full of metaphysics & classics".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  13 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 220–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7680

Matches: 7 hits

  • … To John Murray   13 April [1871] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 220–1) Charles Robert Darwin Down 13 Apr [1871] John Murray
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 12 April [1871] . …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 12 April [1871] and nn.  2 and 3. CD’ …
  • … in Turin has not been found. See letter from John Murray, 12 April [1871] and n.  4. …

From John Murray   2 February [1872]

Summary

Accedes to CD’s request to let Appleton have a set of stereotypes of the 6th English edition of Origin at a little above cost.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Feb [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 406
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8195

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  • … From John Murray   2 February [1872] …
  • … DAR 171: 406 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 2 Feb [1872] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • … the 8 th & 10 th . My Dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 30 January 1872 . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 30 January 1872 . Murray refers to Origin 6th ed. CD’s American …
  • … 6th edition, with additions and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. …

To John Murray   17 November [1856–7]

Summary

Asks JM for four copies of his Journal of researches [2d ed.] at wholesale price. Also asks for total number of copies sold.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  17 Nov [1856-7]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.62–63)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1026

Matches: 7 hits

  • … To John Murray   17 November [1856–7] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.62–63) Charles Robert …
  • … Darwin Down 17 Nov 1856 17 Nov 1857 John Murray
  • … See letter to John Murray, 20 November [1856–7] , n.  1, for the basis of this …
  • … Journal of researches was published by John Murray (see Correspondence vol.  3). Thursday …
  • … trouble | I remain Dear Sir | Your’s very faithfully | Charles Darwin John Murray Esq e …

To John Murray   30 April [1861]

Summary

Thanks JM for bill for £480 and sends receipt. Number of copies differs in note and in receipt (2500 and 2000, respectively). Not surprised sale is slackening; number printed was bold. Reminds JM to advertise "with additions and corrections".

Will consult JM on illustrations for Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  30 Apr [1861]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 f. 27)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3129

Matches: 8 hits

  • … To John Murray   30 April [1861] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 f. …
  • … 27) Charles Robert Darwin Down 30 Apr [1861] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … sum to be paid to CD.  See letter to John Murray, 3 May [1861] , and nn.  4 and 5, below. …
  • … The enclosure is in Box 37(3) in the John Murray archive. CD altered the sum to read: ‘ …
  • … C.  Darwin London. April 29/61 Received of John Murray Esq re the Sum of Four and eighty …

To John Murray   9 June 1880

Summary

Asks JM to provide Quarterly Journal of Science with five woodcuts from Climbing plants to illustrate an article, based on that work, by Francis Darwin [see 12462].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 June 1880
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 368–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12625

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  • … To John Murray   9 June 1880 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 368–9) Charles Robert Darwin Down 9 June 1880 John Murray
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Darwin, Francis. 1880d. Climbing …
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … in plants. By Charles Darwin. Assisted by Francis Darwin. London: John Murray. 1880. …

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

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  • … 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 …

From John Murray   2 January [1867]

Summary

William Clowes [printer for J. Murray] estimates that Variation will come to a first volume of 648 pages and a second volume of 624 pages – which is too much for volumes the same size as Origin. Murray proposes a larger size.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 342
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5345

Matches: 9 hits

  • … From John Murray   2 January [1867] …
  • … DAR 171: 342 John Murray London, Albemarle St 2 Jan [1867] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … geology. 10th edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Variation : The variation of animals …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … will be set to work I am My Dear Sir | faithfully yours | John Murray Ch. Darwin Esq …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 3 January [1867] . …
  • … CD sent the manuscript of Variation to John Murray on 22 December 1866 (see Correspondence …
  • … vol.  14, letter to John Murray, 21 and 22 December [1866] , and Appendix II). Murray also …

From John Murray   12 August 1874

Summary

Acknowledges CD’s complaint against a paper [by St George Mivart] in the last Quarterly Review [see 9568]. Agrees to print George Darwin’s answer [see 9596].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Aug 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41914 p. 203)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9599A

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  • … From John Murray   12 August 1874 …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. …
  • … 41914 p. 203) John Murray 12 Aug 1874 Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 11 August 1874 . CD had complained of remarks made about George …
  • … the same type I am Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | (signed John Murray C.  Darwin Esq …

To John Murray   9 [February 1862]

Summary

Sends MS of Orchids except last chapter. It contains many new and curious facts and conclusions, but he has no idea whether it will sell. If it does not, will hold himself largely responsible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 [Feb 1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 114–115)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3442

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  • … To John Murray   9 [February 1862] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 114–115) Charles Robert Darwin Down 9 [Feb 1862] John Murray
  • … of intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … was the London printing firm used by John Murray. CD refers to his planned three-part work …
  • … see Correspondence vol.  9, letters to John Murray, 21 September [1861] and 24 September [ …

To John Murray   2 November [1867]

Summary

Dallas’ index [for Variation] well done but rather too full.

A hybrid from an ass and a bull is utterly incredible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 176–177)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5667

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  • … To John Murray   2 November [1867] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 176–177) Charles Robert Darwin Down 2 Nov [1867] John Murray
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … of the index for Variation (see letter from John Murray, 1 November [1867] ). Neither the …
  • … s note to Dallas has been found. See letter from John Murray, 1 November [1867] and n.  4. …

To John Murray   4 September [1870]

Summary

Variation is a much better looking volume than Origin due to quality of paper and binding. Hopes JM will attend to this point in Descent. Printers have sent "splendid lot" of proofs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Sept [1870]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 211)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7316

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  • … To John Murray   4 September [1870] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. …
  • … 211) Charles Robert Darwin Down 4 Sept [1870] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 6 August [1870] . The first five …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To John Murray   21 January 1882

Summary

Thanks JM for copy of Quarterly Review, with article on his worm book [Henry Wace, "Darwin on earthworms", Q. Rev. 153 (1882): 179–202].

Writer will change his mind on evolution. CD cannot think of any young worker in biology who is not convinced of the truth of evolution, though many believe that natural selection has not done much.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  21 Jan 1882
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 51–52)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13632

Matches: 6 hits

  • … To John Murray   21 January 1882 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. …
  • … 51–52) Charles Robert Darwin Down 21 Jan 1882 John Murray
  • … their habits. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1881. Lyell, Katharine Murray, ed. …
  • … 1881. Life, letters and journals of Sir Charles Lyell, Bart. 2 vols. London: John Murray. …

To John Murray   10 December 1859

Summary

Sends receipt for bill for £180 due 27 May 1860 [for Origin].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  10 Dec 1859
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.22–23)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2577

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  • … To John Murray   10 December 1859 …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.22–23) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 10 Dec 1859 John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … Pray believe me | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin To | John Murray Esq e …
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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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