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To John Murray   20 November [1856–7]

Summary

Thanks for gift [of books requested in 1026]. Sale is a good deal more than he had anticipated.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Nov [1856-7]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.54–55)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1028

Matches: 8 hits

  • … To John Murray   20 November [1856–7] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.54–55) Charles Robert …
  • … Darwin Down 20 Nov 1856 20 Nov 1857 John Murray
  • … RN. 2d edition, corrected, with additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845. …
  • … The date of this letter and the letter to John Murray, 17 November [1856–7] , is based on …
  • … carrier, as requested in letter to John Murray, 17 November [1856–7] , they would have …
  • … would fit well with both letters. See letter to John Murray, 17 November [1856–7] . …

From R. F. Cooke   30 August 1875

Summary

Apologises for the annoyance caused about the size of proof paper. Clears up misunderstanding. As for Climbing plants, RC thinks no less than 1500 copies of a book by CD should be printed.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Aug 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 468
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10139

Matches: 10 hits

  • … Cooke, R. F. John Murray Darwin, C. R. …
  • … DAR 171: 468 Robert Francis Cooke John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 30 Aug 1875 …
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Descent 2d ed. : The descent of …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation 2d ed. : The variation …
  • … Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … paper. In addition to Variation 2d ed. , John Murray was publishing Climbing plants 2d ed. …
  • … plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Origin 6th ed. : The origin of …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Origin : On the origin of …

To John Murray   27 January [1867]

Summary

Hopes JM’s friend will give his judgment [on Variation] soon; and urges JM to come to a decision about publishing. CD believes it will have "a fair sale".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  27 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 153–154)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5379

Matches: 10 hits

  • … To John Murray   27 January [1867] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 153–154) Charles Robert Darwin Down 27 Jan [1867] John Murray
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … 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 not a man of science (see letter from John Murray, 9 January [1867] and n.  4); Murray …
  • … humans for Variation (see letter to John Murray, 3 January [1867] and n.  5). CD’s chapter …
  • Murray’s friend was John Milton. In his letter of 9 January [1867] , Murray wrote that he …

To R. F. Cooke   23 October [1875]

Summary

Sends list for complimentary copies and suggests various arrangements related to publication of Climbing plants.

Thinks a revised edition of Orchids is needed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  23 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 324–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10216

Matches: 11 hits

  • … Darwin, C. R. Cooke, R. F. John Murray
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 324–5) Charles Robert Darwin Down 23 Oct [1875] Robert Francis Cooke John Murray
  • … 2d edition. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … Books, Shoe String Press. Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. …
  • … Darwin. 2d edition, revised. London: John Murray. 1877. Variation 2d ed. : The variation …
  • … Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … with stereotype plates of CD’s books by John Murray at a small percentage over cost (see, …
  • … IV. Like other leading publishers, John Murray held a sale dinner in November at which the …
  • … 1875. Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. Science Progress in the Twentieth …

From John Murray   1 November [1867]

Summary

Sends Dallas’ specimen of indexing [for Variation].

Asks CD’s opinion of likelihood of a hybrid of ass and bull, reported in a MS of a journey to Asia Minor he is reading.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 352
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5661

Matches: 10 hits

  • … From John Murray   1 November [1867] …
  • … DAR 171: 352 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 1 Nov [1867] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … returned to Dallas and has not been found (see letter to John Murray, 2 November [1867] ). …
  • … in archaeology. 2 vols. London: John Murray. Variation : The variation of animals and …
  • … plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … of extra-breeding I am | My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq …
  • … to prepare the index for Variation (see letter from John Murray, 23 September [1867] , …
  • … and letter to John Murray, 19 October [1867] ). In his letter of 19 September [1867] , …
  • Murray refers to a manuscript later published by him as Travels in little-known parts of Asia Minor: with illustrations of biblical literature and researches in archaeology by Henry John

From John Murray   24 December [1866]

Summary

Two parcels of MS [of Variation] have arrived. Will proceed with printing immediately after Christmas.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 341
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5322

Matches: 7 hits

  • … From John Murray   24 December [1866] …
  • … DAR 171: 341 John Murray London, Albemarle St 24 Dec [1866] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 21 and 22 December [1866] . CD had sent …
  • … size, and two possible titles (see letter to John Murray, 21 and 22 December [1866] ). …
  • … of the Season & to remain My Dear Sir | yours very faithfully | John Murray Ch Darwin Esq …

To John Murray   26 [December 1859]

Summary

Has sent off last proof of 2d ed. of Origin. Assumes JM has remembered the diagram. Asks that remaining clean sheets be sent to Asa Gray.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  26 [Dec 1859]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.48–48A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2607

Matches: 5 hits

  • … To John Murray   26 [December 1859] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.48–48A) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 26 [Dec 1859] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … to Asa Gray, 24 December [1859] , and to John Murray, 22 December [1859] and 24 December [ …

To John Murray   6 March 1868

Summary

Acknowledges receipt of bill for £420.

Will try to attend Athenaeum meeting to help elect Clowes’s son.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  6 Mar 1868
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff. 37–38)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5989

Matches: 6 hits

  • … To John Murray   6 March 1868 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff. 37–38) …
  • … Charles Robert Darwin London, Queen Anne St, 6 6 Mar 1868 John Murray
  • … printing of Variation. See letter from John Murray, 3 March [1868] and n.  2. Murray had …
  • … a member of the Athenaeum Club (see letter from John Murray, 6 March [1868] and n.  3). …

To John Murray   3 January [1867]

Summary

Sorry about enormous size of Variation MS, but cannot shorten it now. If JM is afraid to publish, CD will consider agreement cancelled. Suggests he ask someone with judgment to read the MS. Has written concluding chapter on man. Whether it will be included depends on size of volume.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 158–160)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5346

Matches: 9 hits

  • … To John Murray   3 January [1867] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 158–160) Charles Robert Darwin Down 3 Jan [1867] John Murray
  • … see Correspondence vol.  14, letter to John Murray, 21 and 22 December [1866] . See also …
  • … monuments. 6th edition, revised. London: John Murray. Variation : The variation of animals …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … CD refers to Variation (see letter from John Murray, 2 January [1867] ). CD refers to the …
  • … of Variation , see the letter from John Murray, 2 January [1867] . For CD’s own complaints …

From John Murray   17 February [1875]

Summary

JM expresses his willingness to publish a new edition of Variation whenever CD revises it.

Descent [2d ed.] has not sold much since the annual sale – 1300 copies altogether.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Feb [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 444
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9861

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  • … From John Murray   17 February [1875] …
  • … DAR 171: 444 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50 17 Feb [1875] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874. Descent 2d US ed. : The descent …
  • … the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 16 February [1875] . …
  • … See letter to John Murray, 16 February [1875] . Variation 2d ed.  was published in the …
  • … My Dear Sir | yours very sincerely | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq I have sold about 1300 of …
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … and corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Origin : On the origin of …
  • … for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Variation 2d ed. : The variation …
  • … under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1875. …
  • … Conn. : Archon Books, Shoe String Press. Murray, John. 1908–9. Darwin and his publisher. …

To John Murray   5 November [1874]

Summary

Thanks JM for granting his request. Will write to D. Appleton.

CD is sorry about heavy loss from Expression; still thinks the book will sell in the course of years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 344)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9710

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  • … To John Murray   5 November [1874] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. …
  • … 344) Charles Robert Darwin Down 5 Nov [1874] John Murray
  • … between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 3 November 1874 . Murray’s note has …
  • … Co. , 5 November 1874 . See letter from John Murray, 3 November 1874  and n.  5. …

To John Murray   22 [November 1860]

Summary

Asks how soon he must send proofs [of Origin, 3d ed.] to printer. His corrections would not take more than three weeks. The longest job will be to glance over the endless reviews to guide him in his corrections.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 [Nov 1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 72–73)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3029

Matches: 8 hits

  • … To John Murray   22 [November 1860] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 72–73) Charles Robert Darwin Down 22 [Nov 1860] John Murray
  • … mark up his corrections. See letter to John Murray, 3 December [1860] . CD refers to his …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … the preceding letter and to the letter to John Murray, 3 December [1860] . Mudie’s Select …
  • … Correspondence vol.  7, letter to John Murray, 24 November [1859] , n.  1). The library …

From John Murray   6 March [1868]

Summary

JM sends note for £420.

Asks CD to use his good offices on behalf of William Clowes’s son who is up for election to Athenaeum.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 358
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5988

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  • … From John Murray   6 March [1868] …
  • … he is not undeserving— My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray Chas Darwin Esq …
  • … DAR 171: 358 John Murray London, Albemarle St, 50a 6 Mar [1868] Charles Robert Darwin …
  • Murray, John (b) Darwin, C. R. …
  • … by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 6 March 1868 . …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 3 March [1868] and n.  2. Murray refers to William Charles …

To John Murray   17 August [1871]

Summary

Asks JM whether he will publish 750 copies of a pamphlet [Chauncey Wright’s review of Mivart’s Genesis of species, North Am. Rev. 113 (1871): 63–103] at CD’s expense.

Has been ill so cannot say when he will finish new edition of Origin.

Asks about sales and printing of Descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  17 Aug [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 226–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7907

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  • … To John Murray   17 August [1871] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 226–7) Charles Robert Darwin Haredene, Albury Surrey 17 Aug [1871] John Murray
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. …
  • … 1871 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)). John Murray’s firm had published the second edition …
  • … 1871b). Wright’s review was republished by John Murray as a pamphlet (Wright 1871b). No …
  • … 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. …
  • … p.  500. Descent had been published by John Murray on 24 February 1871 ( Freeman 1977 ). …

To John Murray   30 August [1872]

Summary

Asks JM to send copies of all his books to Anton Dohrn.

Koch [of Schweizerbart] requires 3000 sets of copies of the heliotype plates [for German edition of Expression].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  30 Aug [1872]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 267–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8495

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  • … To John Murray   30 August [1872] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. …
  • … 267–8) Charles Robert Darwin Down 30 Aug [1872] John Murray
  • … sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Expression : The expression of …
  • … and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Journal of researches 2d ed. : …
  • … with additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845. Orchids : On the various …
  • … intercrossing. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1862. Origin 6th ed. : The origin …
  • … corrections. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Variation : The variation of …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …

To John Murray   17 [April 1845]

Summary

Pleased to hear that Colburn has behaved more liberally than CD anticipated. Three numbers of the Colonial Library, each of 171 pages, will hold his Journal of researches. Accepts financial arrangements for its publication offered by JM.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  17 [Apr 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.23–23A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-857

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  • … To John Murray   17 [April 1845] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.23–23A) Charles …
  • … Robert Darwin Down 17 [Apr 1845] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … on this volume. No agreement has been found at John Murray’s. Journal of researches 2d ed. …
  • … had no map. See letter to John Murray, [4 June 1845] . …
  • … RN. 2d edition, corrected, with additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1845. …
  • … Colburn’s letter of agreement is in the John Murray Archive (Ms.42153 ff.6-7) and reads: …

To John Murray   25 February [1868]

Summary

Thanks JM for presentation copies [of Variation]. Sends directions and list.

Has been told positively that hostile review in Athenæum was by Berthold Seemann, to whom he once refused a testimonial.

On the whole, reviews have been very good.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  25 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 182–183)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5931

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  • … To John Murray   25 February [1868] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 182–183) Charles Robert Darwin Down 25 Feb [1868] John Murray
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … the second printing of Variation. See letter from John Murray, 24 February [1868] . Robert …
  • … Swinhoe. See letter from John Murray, 24 February [1868] and n.  3. CD refers to the …
  • … was by John Edward Gray (see letter from John Murray, 24 February [1868] and n.  4). See …
  • … in the Athenæum was by John Robertson ([Robertson] 1868a). Murray had thought the Athenæum …

To John Murray   9 February [1868]

Summary

Heartily glad for JM’s sake at sale [of Variation]. Thinks JM right to publish a smaller second edition, for "the public will soon find out that it is dull" – though scientifically valuable. The index is excellent. CD is "always greedy" for presentation copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 180–181)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5854

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  • … To John Murray   9 February [1868] …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. …
  • … 180–181) Charles Robert Darwin Down 9 Feb [1868] John Murray
  • … £176. —’. George Howard Darwin. See letter from John Murray, 6 February [1868] and n.  6. …
  • … and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868. …
  • … CD refers to Variation. See letter from John Murray, 6 February [1868] . …
  • … See letter from John Murray, 6 February [1868] and n.  3. William Clowes & Sons were the …

To John Murray   23 March 1871

Summary

Amount received from 2d issue of Descent now stands at £840. Would be glad to have 2000 more copies printed because he wants time to collect information for a corrected edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 Mar 1871
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 44–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7613

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  • … To John Murray   23 March 1871 …
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. …
  • … 44–5) Charles Robert Darwin Down 23 Mar 1871 John Murray
  • … to the second printing of Descent (see letter from John Murray, 22 March 1871  and n.  1). …
  • … and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. …

To John Murray   3 March [1861]

Summary

Making slow progress with Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 Mar [1861]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 101)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3078

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  • … To John Murray   3 March [1861] …
  • … National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. …
  • … 101) Charles Robert Darwin Down 3 Mar [1861] John Murray
  • … Darwin, C. R. Murray, John (b) …
  • … of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. …
  • … Murray, 3 March 1861 . See letter to John Murray, 24 February [1861] . Murray’s response …
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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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