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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

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From John Murray   22 September [1871]

Summary

The pamphlet [Chauncey Wright’s review of Mivart, see 7940] has been distributed to friends and to the press.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 402
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7962

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To John Murray   20 March [1845]

Summary

Thanks for note; encloses copy of FitzRoy’s agreement with Henry Colburn [see 379], to the effect that after sale of first edition of Narrative, CD is at liberty to publish his Journal of researches in any manner he chooses.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Mar [1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.8–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-843

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To John Murray   12 April [1845]

Summary

CD clarifies his relationship with Henry Colburn with regard to a 2d ed. of the Journal of researches. "I never signed any agreement of any kind; but the separate sale of my Journal in the first edition was with my verbal consent & approval."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  12 Apr [1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.4–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-856

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From John Murray   3 March [1868]

Summary

JM offers a note for 400 guineas as author’s payment on sale of 1250 copies of 2d issue of Variation.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 357
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5972

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To John Murray   9 April [1870]

Summary

Finds Academy contains valuable matter for his work.

Descent progresses slowly – will not be ready for press for several months.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 Apr [1870]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 207–208)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7162

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From John Murray   10 June [1870]

Summary

Asks CD whether he is far enough along with his new work [Descent] to allow him to announce it as a forthcoming publication in his next quarterly list.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 June [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 375
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7226

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To John Murray   5 [August 1870]

Summary

MS of Descent, except last chapter, is ready to send to printer. Hopes the printer will be able to keep him steadily at work correcting proof. "It drives me mad to change from job to job."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 [Aug 1870]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 209–10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7265

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From John Murray   6 August [1870]

Summary

JM informs CD that he will have Clowes give him written assurance that the printing [of Descent] will proceed without interruption.

The [Franco-Prussian] War is a sad damper on international science and his publishing plans.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Aug [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 377
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7295

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To John Murray   29 September [1870]

Summary

CD did not promise Appleton stereotypes of text [of Descent]; only of cuts.

Wishes to know which passage JM thought "coarse". Remembers only a quotation from John Hunter on courtship of female being required "to give her desires" [Descent 1: 273]. He fancied a quotation rendered the sentence less coarse.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  29 Sept [1870]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 212–13)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7331

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From John Murray   16 November [1870]

Summary

JM reports 1900 [advance] copies of Descent were taken at his annual sale,

and 340 copies of Origin [5th ed.] were sold.

Sheets for Dutch publisher will be sent to CD immediately. JM cautions against possibility that Dutch edition will anticipate the English.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Nov [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 381
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7372

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From John Murray   23 February [1871]

Summary

Descent publication costs, "including a heavy item of £126 for corrections" have been received. JM can now offer CD 600 guineas for the edition of 2500 copies.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 389
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7507

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From John Murray   27 February [1871]

Summary

First edition [issue] of Descent is exhausted. Asks CD to send corrections at once for a new printing of at least 1000 copies.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 390
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7519

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To John Murray   [23 April 1845]

Summary

Has lost a week’s work on Journal of researches owing to poor health. Has copperplate of map, and favours inclusion. Thinks book should be called a "Journal".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [23 Apr 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.12–12A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-858

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To John Murray   7 November [1872]

Summary

Has sent off a few trifling errata [of Expression] to Mr Clowes. Asks about the heliotypes.

Would like to hear about the sale of his books. [See 8616.]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  7 Nov [1872]
Classmark:  Private collection
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8607A

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From John Murray   9 November 1872

Summary

The reception of Expression has exceeded even JM’s expectations; 5267 copies were sold at the annual sale. CD’s modesty about the work had misled him about its probable sale.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Nov 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 429
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8616

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To John Murray   13 November 1872

Summary

Thanks JM for £210 on last reprint of Origin [6th ed.]. Pleased by its sale

and by the success of Expression.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  13 Nov 1872
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 291–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8623

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To John Murray   [4 June 1845]

Summary

Obliged to JM for acceding to request for an additional £50 [for Journal of researches, 2d ed.]. Will reconsider title when type is set up. Gives up the map. Writes about other details of publication.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [4 June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f.26)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-875

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To John Murray   [6 June 1845]

Summary

Has sent off MS of first part [of Journal of researches, 2d ed.]. Has so much to add about Fuegians [at beginning of second part] and so much to condense and rewrite in scientific part that he may not have second part ready at end of month; it depends on his health, which is good lately.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [6 June 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 29–30)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-876

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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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