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From John Murray   17 November 1869

Summary

JM reports sales of Facts and arguments for Darwin, Variation, and Origin [5th ed.].

Sends best wishes for success in putting down "Parisian blasphemers".

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Nov 1869
Classmark:  DAR 171: 374
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6992

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To John Murray   [after 18 September 1869]

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Wishes JM’s new periodical [the Academy] could have been a weekly so it might kill the Athenæum by a lingering death.

Has drafted a piece [about Descent] but is not pleased with it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [after 18 Sept 1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 39–40)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6900

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To John Murray   [1–3 February 1869]

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Asks JM to grant permission for a French translation of his "Naturalist’s voyage" [Journal of researches].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [1–3 Feb 1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 192–193)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6596

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To R. F. Cooke   9 March [1869]

Summary

Suggests best form of lettering for spine of Müller’s Facts and arguments for Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 198–199)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6648

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From John Murray   28 April [1869]

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Has sold 400 copies of Facts and arguments for Darwin. It is a poor time for bookselling.

Last Quarterly Review has best exposition of Darwinism he has met with [A. R. Wallace, "Geological climates, and origin of species", Q. Rev. 126 (1869): 359–94].

Proposes to print 2000 copies of a new [5th] edition of Origin.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Apr [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 368
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6715

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From John Murray   3 February [1869]

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Gives consent, which is unnecessary because term of protection has expired, for French translation of Journal of researches.

Is at a loss to know how many copies of F. Müller’s Facts and arguments for Darwin to print.

The printer is ready for copy for a new "edition" of Variation. [Presumably another issue. 2d edition did not appear until 1875.]

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 363
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6597

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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

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From John Murray   18 September [1869]

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JM is about to start a new monthly literary review [the Academy]. Would like to publish in first number a short notice of the new work upon which CD is engaged [Descent].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Sept [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 371
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6897

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From John Murray   8 November [1869]

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JM advises CD regarding his relations with Masson, the French publisher of the Origin [1866], and the possibility of Reinwald’s publishing a translation of the 5th edition.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 373
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6978

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To John Murray   8 November [1869]

Summary

Masson et Fils have brought out a third French edition [of Origin] without informing CD and without the advantage of the corrections of the 4th and 5th English editions. For this and other reasons CD wants to give translation rights for the 5th English edition to C. Reinwald.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  8 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 205–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6977

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From James Leask Sinclair to John Murray   22 December 1869

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Encloses memorandum for CD concerning JLS’s career and the development of his transformist views.

Author:  James Leask Sinclair
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 Dec 1869
Classmark:  DAR 177: 172
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7031

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From Walter Elliot   7 September 1869

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Sends excerpt on polygamous breeding habits of Asiatic elephants by Lieut. Johnstone [Proc. Asiat. Soc. Bengal (1868): 128]. [See Descent 1: 268.]

Author:  Walter Elliot
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Sept 1869
Classmark:  DAR 86: A74
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6880

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  • B. Cohen. 3 vols. New York: Columbia University Press. 1998. Descent : The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. …

From Fritz Müller   14 March 1869

Summary

Describes experiments with sterility in Abutilon.

Describes hermaphroditism in a wild Begonia in Brazil.

Has been observing humble bees on Salvia.

Author:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  14 Mar 1869
Classmark:  Linnean Society of London (SP 859)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6662F

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  • B. Lippencott Company. Journal of researches 2d ed. : Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of HMS Beagle round the world, under the command of Capt. FitzRoy RN. 2d edition, corrected, with additions. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. …

To Fritz Müller   1 December [1869]

Summary

Role of humming-birds in plant fertilisation.

Alexander Agassiz has visited Down.

Sales of Facts and arguments for Darwin.

Encloses copy of T. H. Farrer letter [7015] and observations on the self-sterility of Eschscholzia.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Johann Friedrich Theodor (Fritz) Müller
Date:  1 Dec [1869]
Classmark:  British Library (Loan MS 10 no 31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7018

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  • John Murray, 17 November 1869 . Murray was the publisher of Dallas trans.  1869. Adolf Bernhard Meyer had sent CD his German translation (Wallace 1869c) of Alfred Russel Wallace’s The Malay Archipelago: the land of the orang-utan, and the bird of paradise (Wallace 1869a). See letter from A.  B.   …

To J. D. Hooker   13 November [1869]

Summary

Congratulates JDH on his becoming a C.B.

Hard at work on sexual selection – weary of everlasting males and females, cocks and hens.

Has read J. H. Stirling vs Huxley on protoplasm [As regards protoplasm (1869)]

and E. B. Tylor on survival of old thoughts in modern civilisation.

Bentham’s Linnean Society [Presidential] Address [see 6793] is worth its weight in gold in making converts. C. J. F. Bunbury is impressed by it.

Likes JDH’s review of K. F. Schimper’s work [Paléontologie végétale, in Nature 1 (1869): 48].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Date:  13 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 94: 156–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6985

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  • John Murray. 1859. Risk, James C. 1972. The history of the Order of the Bath and its insignia. London: Spink & Son. Schimper, Wilhelm Philipp. 1869–74. Traité de paléontologie végétale: ou, la flore du monde primitif dans ses rapports avec les formations géologiques et la flore du monde actuel. 3 vols. and atlas. Paris: J. B. …

From William Winwood Reade   17 January 1869

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Expressions of emotions in Gold Coast tribes.

Differences between males and females in sexual characteristics.

Castrated rams lose horns and manes.

Female members of tribes have no difficulty getting the husbands they want.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 83: 165–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6558

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  • B. Cohen. 3 vols. New York: Columbia University Press. 1998. Correspondence : The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–. Descent : The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. …
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