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From John Murray   28 January [1867]

Summary

JM will publish [Variation] "coute qui coute", paying CD half the profits.

Thinks he can count on 500 purchases of what he calls the "Pièces Justificatives" of the Origin and will print 750 copies.

His literary friend found it "difficult of digestion".

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 344
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5380

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From John Murray   19 September [1867]

Summary

Sends CD cheque for £250, two-thirds of the profits on the sale of 700 copies of Origin, 4th ed.

Hopes he has found a suitable indexer for Variation.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Sept [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 350, 524
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5630

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From John Murray   6 February [1868]

Summary

Advance sale of Variation has exhausted the 1500 copies printed. Murray sends note for £300 author’s payment. Wants to print 1250 more immediately.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 354
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5844

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From John Murray   3 November 1874

Summary

Statement of stock on hand of CD’s works.

Expression, curiously, at a dead stand-still.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 441
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9707

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From John Murray   2 April [1867]

Summary

Asks if he should give the clichés of Variation to E. Schweizerbart.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Apr [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 30–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5481G

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From John Murray   24 October [1870]

Summary

Sends table of sales [of Journal of researches]. 2000 copies sold since 1860.

Descent has gone to press for 2500 copies.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Oct [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 380
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7350

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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   29 November [1877]

Summary

Answers CD’s query about payment made to him [for Descent and Forms of flowers] and explains the basis on which it was made. Because of CD’s wish to be paid before editions are sold off, profits must be estimated. If he were willing to accept annual statements of sales, payments based on them, and final accounting when all were sold, there would be no uncertainty. This is JM’s usual practice.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Nov [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 497, DAR 210.11: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11259

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From John Murray   1 April 1865

Summary

Will be proud to publish CD’s new work on domestic animals [Variation]. Will announce it as the complement of the Origin. Advises on woodcuts; does not wish to limit number; agrees to CD’s suggestions for artists.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Apr 1865
Classmark:  DAR 171: 332
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3493

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From John Murray   25 September [1873]

Summary

Acknowledges CD’s cheque.

Sends CD cheque for profits on Orchids and a statement of stock on hand of CD’s works [missing].

Origin and Expression sales are stagnant.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 437, DAR 210.11: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9071

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From D. F. Tyler   15 August 1872

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Parallel quotations from Benjamin Franklin and Descent about absorption of heat by different colours; applies to winter and summer plumage of birds.

Reasoning power in dogs.

Author:  Daniel F Tyler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Aug 1872
Classmark:  DAR 88: 181–2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8472

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  • … required. 2d edition. London: John Murray. Sterne, Madeleine B. 1971. Heads & headlines: …

From W. B. Tegetmeier   15 October 1866

Summary

The blocks [for Variation] have been forwarded to Murray.

WBT has been corresponding with Prof. Newton.

Author:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Oct 1866
Classmark:  DAR 178: 76
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5243

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  • … vol.  13, letter from W.  B. Tegetmeier to John Murray and R.  F.  Cooke, 17 April 1865). …
  • John Murray, 16 October [1866] . Tegetmeier had overseen the illustrations of pigeons and fowls for Variation (see Correspondence vol.  13, letter from W.  B.   …

From W. B. Tegetmeier   10 April 1865

Summary

MS [of CD’s pigeon chapter] arrived safely.

Pigeon and poultry engravings [for Variation].

Author:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Apr 1865
Classmark:  DAR 178: 67
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4808

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  • … send an estimate of the cost of the engravings to John Murray. See letter from W.  B.   …
  • John Murray and R.  F.  Cooke, 17 April 1865. William Yarrell had helped CD buy equipment for the Beagle voyage, and later assisted him with his pigeon work, advising him about breeds and providing introductions to dealers and breeders (for Yarrell’s correspondence with CD, see Correspondence vols.  1–5). Yarrell introduced CD to Tegetmeier in 1855 (see Correspondence vol.  5, letter to W.  B.   …

From W. B. Tegetmeier   22 January [1866]

Summary

Discusses pigeon and poultry woodcuts [for Variation].

WBT’s poultry book is at last in the hands of a solvent publisher [The poultry book (1867)].

Author:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Jan [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 71
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4983

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  • … Heath ( ibid. , letter from W.  B.  Tegetmeier to John Murray and R.  F.  Cooke, 17 April  …

From Robert Swinhoe   14 April 1863

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Difference in plumage of Ardeola, a species of heron, in summer and winter. [See Descent 2: 190.]

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Apr 1863
Classmark:  DAR 84.1: 18–19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4094

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  • … Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Hall, Philip B. 1987. Robert Swinhoe (1836– …

From A. R. Wallace   2 July 1866

Summary

Lengthy analysis of sources of misunderstanding of natural selection. Advocacy of Spencer’s term "survival of the fittest" instead of "Natural Selection". ARW urges CD to stress frequency of variations.

Author:  Alfred Russel Wallace
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 July 1866
Classmark:  DAR 106: B33–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5140

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  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859. Paul, Diane B. 1988. The selection of the " …

From H. W. Bates   11 January 1877

Summary

Encloses extract [missing] on a caterpillar.

Mentions William Buckler’s magnificent drawings of caterpillars [The larvae of the British butterflies and moths, Ray Soc. (1886–91)], but doubts Buckler will lend them for any Darwinian purpose. John Hellins has a portion of drawings and is more liberal.

Author:  Henry Walter Bates
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Jan 1877
Classmark:  DAR 160: 93
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10780

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  • … Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871. Lillywhite, Harvey B. 2014. How snakes work: …

From Robert Swinhoe   4 August 1868

Summary

Discusses a domestic oriental fowl.

Is having problems getting answers to CD’s queries on expression as Chinese facial expressions are limited and controlled. Answers as well as he can. [See Expression index.]

Author:  Robert Swinhoe
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Aug 1868
Classmark:  DAR 177: 331
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6303

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  • … By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872. Hall, Philip B. 1987. Robert Swinhoe (1836– …

From W. B. Tegetmeier   [before 15 February 1868]

Summary

Agrees to help determine the sex ratios in domestic animals.

Author:  William Bernhard Tegetmeier
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 15 Feb 1868]
Classmark:  DAR 178: 79
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5878

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  • … and to CD’ s publisher, John Murray. See letter to W.  B.  Tegetmeier, 11 February [1868] …

From Charles Edward Cutts Birchall Appleton   2 March [1870]

Summary

CD was good enough to send notice of his new book [Descent] for the first number of the Academy; asks for further contributions and suggestions.

Author:  Charles Edward Cutts Birchall Appleton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Mar [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 159: 78
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7125

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  • … from C.  E.  C.  B.  Appleton, 18 May [1870] . John Murray was one of the publishers of …
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