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To Susan Darwin   3[–4] September 1845

Summary

"All about household and money matters." The family is now living on about £1000 per annum. Plans a new walk and additions to the house.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Date:  3[-4] Sept 1845
Classmark:  DAR 153: 109
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-913

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  • … Wedgwood. Lockhart 1837–8 . Edward Price, Sir John William Lubbock, and Captain Thomas …
  • Price has been agitating building a wall across the pool, but thank Heavens he has at last aroused everybodies anger, except Sir Johns: …

To J. S. Bowerbank   10 September [1850]

Summary

Discusses woodcut illustrations [for Fossil Cirripedia, vol. 1]. Wants species descriptions to be in both Latin and English.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Scott Bowerbank; Palaeontographical Society
Date:  10 Sept [1850]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.96)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1353

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  • … of Specific Descriptions’. CD then paid John Price, an old friend from his student days, …

To Dear Friend   1 January 1822

Summary

Erasmus Alvey Darwin has rheumatism; his sisters complain of his bad temper but CD thinks him very good tempered. CD has received a new cabinet. [This is the first of six entries written in a "Memorandum book" comprising four sheets folded into a gather and sewn together in book form. The entries are in the style of letters addressed to an unnamed friend and are dated between 1 and 12 January 1822, shortly before CD’s thirteenth birthday. As they were written straight into the memorandum book, it is clear that they were never sent through the post, but were either to an imaginary recipient, or intended to be read by someone in the household, possibly CD’s youngest sister, Emily Catherine Darwin (Catherine).]

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friend
Date:  1 Jan 1822
Classmark:  DAR 271/1/1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1F

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  • … recipient. Another suggested recipient is John Price (Browne 1995, p.  28). CD and Price …

From R. F. Cooke   12 February 1872

Summary

Sends first copy of new [6th] edition of Origin. Expenses have been much higher than estimated because of extensive revisions. 3000 copies retailing at 6s would yield only £100 profit. Suggests fixing price at 7s 6d.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 407
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8209

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  • … as well as much new content. John Murray had suggested a price of 7 s. 6 d. for a cheap …
  • … for an even lower price (see Correspondence vol.  19, letter from John Murray, 31 May [ …

From Asa Gray   6 November [1866]

Summary

Arranges for distribution of new [4th] English edition of Origin in the U. S.

Author:  Asa Gray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Nov [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 156
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5268

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  • … fourth edition of Origin at half price (see letter from John Murray, 18 October [1866] ). …

From Caroline, Catherine, and Susan Darwin   20–31 December [1831]

Summary

Family and Shropshire news.

Author:  Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton; Susan Elizabeth Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20–31 Dec [1831]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 70
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-153

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  • … Fanny— A letter to my Father came from John Price, it ought to have been directed to Susan …

To John Russell   [10 July 1848]

Summary

Ask JR to advise the Queen to issue Her Royal Commission of Inquiry into the best methods of securing the improvement of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin; Nassau William Senior; John Stevens Henslow; Baden Powell; Bonamy Price; Thomas Jodrell Phillips; Thomas Jodrell Phillips-Jodrell; James Heywood; Edmund Walker Head, eighth baronet; Thomas James Agar Robartes; Philip le Breton; George Nugent Grenville, 2d Baron Nugent of Carlanstown; Charles Lyell, 1st baronet; Harry Verney, second baronet; Peter John Locke King; Henry Galgacus Redhead Yorke; Joseph Kay; Edward France Percival; Edward Horsman; Erasmus Alvey Darwin; Hensleigh Wedgwood; Thomas Henry Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
Addressee:  John Russell, 1st Earl Russell
Date:  [10 July 1848]
Classmark:  Cambridge Pamphlets, Folio Series, vol. 4: CUL Cam.a.500.5/124
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1188F

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  • … Darwin Nassau William Senior John Stevens Henslow Baden Powell Bonamy Price Thomas Jodrell …
  • John’s College, Cambridge (Professor of Botany). B.  Powell, (Rev. ,) F.R.S. , M.A. , Oriel College, Oxford (Savilian Professor of Geometry). B.  Price, …

From John Murray   1 April 1859

Summary

On the strength of CD’s details about his work on species and his knowledge of CD’s former publications, JM offers to publish [Origin] without seeing the MS.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Apr 1859
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41913 p.32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2443

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  • … may require at the trade price xxxxx Yours very faithfully | (signed) John Murray. Charles …

To John Murray   15 October [1859]

Summary

Discusses presentation copies [of the Origin].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  15 Oct [1859]
Classmark:  DAR R 143 (with R. F. Cooke correspondence)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2506

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  • … s copies of Origin at the trade price. See letter to John Murray, 31 August [1859] . …

To John William Parker   5 May [1852]

Summary

As an author of some scientific works CD is of the opinion that each bookseller should settle, each for himself, the retail price.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John William Parker
Date:  5 May [1852]
Classmark:  Stationers’ Company (Records Pt XI (III) J. W. Parker: autograph letters from authors (TSC/1/F/07/22))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1480A

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  • … 1852, Lord John Campbell concluded that the agreement providing for a minimum retail price

To Asa Gray   9 August [1862]

Summary

Believes Lythrum is trimorphic. Asks AG for seeds of plants he suspects are polymorphic.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  9 Aug [1862]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (71)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3685

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  • … pay the retail price for them, since he supposed CD’s publisher, John Murray, would supply …

From R. F. Cooke   16 June 1874

Summary

In doubt about size of printing of the 2d edition of Descent. Profit on 2000 at 12s would be only £250.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 June 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 439
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9493

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  • price and quality of the edition, see the letter to R.  F.  Cooke, 10 April [1874] , and the letter to John

To R. F. Cooke   22 April [1871]

Summary

Detailed questions about illustrations for [forthcoming] Expression.

Asks whether Times review has hurt sales of Descent.

The type on specimen page of Origin [6th ed.] seems clear, but lines are close. The cost is the great point for a wide circulation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke
Date:  22 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 285–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7705

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  • … was published in 1872 at a reduced price (see Freeman 1977 ). John Murray produced a third …

To Leonard Jenyns   21 [January 1847]

Summary

Acknowledges receipt of [The naturalist’s pocket] almanack edited by LJ. Suggests some improvements.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  21 [Jan 1847]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1055

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  • … at a price of one shilling by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. John Van …

To John Murray   3 June [1871]

Summary

Is disappointed at high price, 7s 6d, being considered for the cheap edition of the Origin [6th ed.]. Has been told that, in Lancashire, workmen club together to buy the Origin.

Little chance that Expression will be done this autumn.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 June [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 246–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7798

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  • John Murray, 31 May [1871] and n.  4. No correspondence has been found suggesting a price

From John Murray   17 April [1867]

Summary

On cost of electrotypes from woodcuts for Variation and price to charge Schweizerbart.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Apr [1867]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 348
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5504

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  • price as you please— I will insure that M r Clowes makes good Electros— I can send those for Schweitzerbart as he directs. I remain | My Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | John

To Joseph Beete Jukes   8 October [1847]

Summary

Flattered by JBJ’s discussion of coral reefs [in Voyage of H.M.S. "Fly" 1 (1847): 347–8]. CD has always thought his Coral reefs "too bold and speculative", so he is gratified "when anyone who has had opportunities of observation does not give his verdict against it".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Joseph Beete Jukes
Date:  8 Oct [1847]
Classmark:  University of Oklahoma Libraries History of Science Collections
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1125

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  • … of Francis Price Blackwood. Jukes 1847 . Jukes 1847 , pp.  347–8. John Crawfurd, who …

From John Murray   24 February [1866]

Summary

Sends sheets of Origin [4th edition] for CD to correct [for 3d German edition?].

Still has 600 copies of Orchids, but deficit reduced to £30.

Undertakes to pay two-thirds of profits of the [fourth] edition of Origin as soon as one-half of the copies are sold.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 346
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5417

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  • John Murray, 22 February [1866] and nn.  13 and 14. CD had raised the question of fixing a price

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

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  • John Murray, 11 November 1872 . See letter from R.  F.  Cooke, 14 August 1872 . The photographic illustrations in Expression raised the price

From R. F. Cooke   17 November 1874

Summary

Booksellers approve of [9s] price for 2d edition of Descent. 1350 copies were sold at annual sale.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 443
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9721

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  • John Murray, had originally intended to charge twelve shillings for Descent 2d ed.  but just before his sale dinner for leading booksellers he decided to reduce the price
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