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From John Murray   12 November [1872]


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


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

From John Murray   19 September [1867]


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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  • price of Orchids was 9 s. See Freeman 1977 , p.  113. CD’s annotation refers to his payment of £12 for presentation copies. See letter to John

To John Higgins   14 June [1853]


Discusses account.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  14 June [1853]
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/65)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1519

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  • John Higgins, 7 June 1851 ). In 1850 CD had agreed to a reduction of 15% in rent on the Beesby Farm because of the slump in agricultural prices. …

From John Murray   18 October [1866]


JM states he will publish [Variation] on same basis as Origin, i.e., paying CD two-thirds of the profits.

In response to Asa Gray’s suggestion, he could supply Ticknor & Fields with 250 copies [of Origin, 4th ed.] at half-price.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 338
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5246

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  • price— I could supply them either with early sheets of your new Book or with stereotype plates if they prefer them I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John

From R. F. Cooke   25 October 1875


Stereotype plates of Climbing plants sent to D. Appleton’s agent.

A revised edition of Orchids would be desirable.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Oct 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 476
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10224

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  • John Murray in 1862. See letter from R. F. Cooke, 22 October 1875 . CD often commented on both the price

From Catherine & Caroline Darwin   11 April [1826]


Family and Shrewsbury news. Visits of relatives and friends.

Author:  Emily Catherine (Catherine) Darwin; Emily Catherine (Catherine) Langton; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Darwin; Caroline Sarah (Caroline) Wedgwood
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Apr [1826]
Classmark:  DAR 204: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-31

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  • … Uncle John & Aunt Jane come on Monday; yesterday 3 of Eras’s friends dined here. Price, …

From R. F. Cooke   24 May 1875


Replies to CD’s various questions and suggestions concerning publication plans for Insectivorous plants.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 May 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 452
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9990

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  • … Co. , pay John Murray fifteen to twenty per cent more than the cost price for the …

To Asa Gray   21 December [1860]


Asks AG to send his reviews [of Origin] as soon as he has definitely fixed on a title for the pamphlet.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Asa Gray
Date:  21 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (J. L. Gray autograph collection 50)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3028

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  • Price 1 s . 6 d . ) When first published in the Atlantic Monthly , the review was unsigned. The leaf of advertisements bound at the end of this edition of Origin lists only works published by John

From John Murray   1 July 1870


Financial adjustments for last edition of Origin

and a tentative title for the new work: "Descent of man and selection according to sex". [Later changed to "in relation to sex".]

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 July 1870
Classmark:  DAR 171: 376
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7259

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  • price by one shilling below that of the former Ed n . Of the Titles you have preferred The Descent of Man—& Selection according to Sex— This need not bind you permanently as to your Title. At all events I am glad we have got rid of an objectionable adjective— My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John

To Eduard Koch?   6 February 1876


Discusses use by correspondent of clichés from one of his books.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Eduard Koch
Date:  6 Feb 1876
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.273a)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10383

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  • price of clichés and the new edition of Orchids (see nn. 2 and 3, below). Koch was the head of E. Schweizerbart’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung. John

From John Murray   28 April [1869]


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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  • price to the original s 14/— M r Hegt’s book is sent off. My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John

To Smith, Elder & Co.   30 March [1846]


Discusses publication of his book [South America].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Smith, Elder & Co
Date:  30 Mar [1846]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-967

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  • price for each title. See J.   J. Barnes 1964 , p.  1. For CD’s experience with Henry Colburn see letter to John

To John Higgins   9 April [1854]


Discusses his investments.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  9 Apr [1854]
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/79)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1566

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  • price of railway stock fell appreciably ( Railway Times 17 (1854): 308–9, 336–7). See letter to John

From W. E. Darwin   [before 29 January 1876?]


Purchases cigarettes for CD.

Author:  William Erasmus Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 29 Jan 1876?]
Classmark:  Cornford Family Papers (DAR 275: 58)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10366F

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  • John Wood & Sons had taken over the tobacconist business of Theodoridi & Co. at 23 Pall Mall ( Post Office London directory 1876, British Mail and General Produce Prices

From J. D. Hooker   [26 September 1865]



On his reading: George Eliot,

T. F. Jamieson on Scottish glaciation.

Glad Lyell–Lubbock affair is over.

His grief over loss of father and child.

Author:  Joseph Dalton Hooker
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [26 Sept 1865]
Classmark:  DAR 102: 34–6a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4899

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  • John Francis Campbell and his father, Walter Frederick Campbell. Walter Campbell was laird of the Hebridean island of Islay, but went bankrupt in 1848 following a period of depressed agricultural prices, …

To W. E. Darwin   21 March [1868]


Suggests possible arbitrators to act in a business transaction involving WED.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Erasmus Darwin
Date:  21 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 210.6: 125
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6037

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  • John Lubbock was a partner in the family bank, Robarts, Lubbock & Co. ( ODNB ). Hensleigh Wedgwood read for the chancery bar, but never practised; he was police magistrate for Lambeth from 1832 to 1837 ( DNB ). Price’ …

To John Higgins   19 June [1852]


Discusses his account and rent reduction. Comments on agricultural prices.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  19 June [1852]
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/54)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1483

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  • John Higgins, 9 May [1850] . Charles Anderson Worsley, Earl of Yarborough. Robert Adam Christopher, M.P.  for north Lincolnshire. Following the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846 and the abolition of duty on foreign cereal imports in 1849, agricultural prices

From John Murray   2 November 1859


By this post he sends for approval specimen copy of CD’s book [Origin of species]. At 14 s., 1250 copies will yield £240, two-thirds of which will go to author. Arrangements for early copies.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Nov 1859
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41913 pp. 53–4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2513A

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  • price the edition of 1250 copies will yield about £240— 2 3 rds of which will go to the author— The only alternative is 12/. —which will yield no more than £150— At 14/. the lowest trade allowance will be 9/6 My Trade Sale is unavoidably put off to the 22 nd —this will give more time for your copies to circulate— I will do the best for the foreign ones I am dear Sir (in great haste) | Yours very faithfully, (signed) John

To John Higgins   9 May [1850]


Agrees to reduce rent on farm because of bad times.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Higgins
Date:  9 May [1850]
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1326

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  • prices. Early in 1849 the duty on foreign cereal imports was also abolished. Francis Hardy, CD’s tenant. CD’s income from the farm remained at the reduced rate during 1850, 1851, and 1852 (see letter to John
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