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To John Murray   3 January [1867]

Summary

Sorry about enormous size of Variation MS, but cannot shorten it now. If JM is afraid to publish, CD will consider agreement cancelled. Suggests he ask someone with judgment to read the MS. Has written concluding chapter on man. Whether it will be included depends on size of volume.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 158–160)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5346

To John Murray   8 January [1867]

Summary

CD annoyed at large size of Variation. Suggests printing detailed parts in small type. JM can, of course, decline to publish altogether.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  8 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 155–157)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5350

To John Murray   10 January [1867]

Summary

Relieved by JM’s note and by his agreement on type size. Is alarmed by what the verdict [on Variation] of JM’s friend will be. He is not a man of science. An unscientific reader would have condemned the Origin. An eminent semi-scientific man thought the Journal of researches not worth publishing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  10 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 166)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5356

To John Murray   15 January [1867]

Summary

Approves of type [for Variation]. Pleased to hear from Hooker that he is not surprised that MS is big.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  15 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 161)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5363

To John Murray   27 January [1867]

Summary

Hopes JM’s friend will give his judgment [on Variation] soon; and urges JM to come to a decision about publishing. CD believes it will have "a fair sale".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  27 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 153–154)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5379

To John Murray   29 January [1867]

Summary

CD agrees to JM’s proposal of half-profits. Thinks it a mistake to print only 750 copies. The agreement on half-profit is for first edition only. CD estimates his book at a higher value than JM does.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  29 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 162–163)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5382

To John Murray   31 January [1867]

Summary

Is convinced his chapter on man [for Variation] will excite plenty of attention and abuse, which he supposes is as good as praise for selling a book.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  31 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 164–165)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5384

To John Murray   18 March [1867]

Summary

The compositors have invented a title [for Variation] which CD thinks is better than the advertised one. CD can form no opinion on number of copies. Asks that clean sheets be sent to German and Russian publishers for translation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  18 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 167–168)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5446

To John Murray   20 March [1867]

Summary

The new title is fixed. Thanks for clean sheets. As to number of copies, now that JM proposes 1500, CD is frightened.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 169–170)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5450

To John Murray   4 April [1867]

Summary

Asks JM not to send stereotypes [of Variation] to Schweizerbart until he has heard that Carus will translate it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Apr [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff. 32–33)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5486

To John Murray   10 April [1867]

Summary

CD writes about stereotypes for German and Russian editions of Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  10 Apr [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff. 34–35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5497

From Tendler & Co. to John Murray   29 May 1867

Summary

Seek permission to produce a translation of Variation.

Author:  Tendler & Co.
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  29 May 1867
Classmark:  DAR 178: 87
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5555

To John Murray   4 August [1867]

Summary

Asks whether JM is interested in publishing A. E. Brehm, Illustrirtes Thierleben [4 vols. (1864–7)], which has had immense sale on the continent.

Is making good progress with proofs [of Variation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Aug [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 171–172)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5594

To John Murray   6 August [1867]

Summary

Sends the four volumes [of Brehm’s Thierleben] for Murray’s consideration.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  6 Aug [1867]
Classmark:  S. J. Hessel (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5599

To John Murray   20 September 1867

Summary

Thanks for "pleasant remittance" of £250 for 4th edition of Origin.

Glad to see that Orchids sells a little.

Hopes Variation will be more successful.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Sept 1867
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 173)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5632

To John Murray   [24 September – 31 October 1867]

Summary

Instructions for the index to Variation

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [24 Sept – 31 Oct 1867]
Classmark:  Heritage Auctions (dealers) 2006
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5633F

To John Murray   19 October [1867]

Summary

An absurd error ("Election" for "Selection") in the advertisement of Variation. Dallas is the best man for index.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  19 Oct [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 174–175)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5654

To John Murray   2 November [1867]

Summary

Dallas’ index [for Variation] well done but rather too full.

A hybrid from an ass and a bull is utterly incredible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 176–177)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5667

To John Murray   31 December [1867]

Summary

Introduces Clair Grece who wishes to translate a work on English grammar from the German.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  31 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff. 64–65)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5743
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