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To John Murray   9 January [1868]

Summary

CD exasperated by Dallas’ delay in finishing index [for Variation]. "I am prepared to throw the Index overboard."

Thinks JM should reconsider publishing a translation of Brehm’s Thierleben. It is excellent and would "sell largely".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 178–179)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5781

From John Murray   10 January [1868]

Summary

CD’s anxiety about the index [of Variation] will be relieved somewhat when he learns it has at last been set up.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 353
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5782

From John Murray   6 February [1868]

Summary

Advance sale of Variation has exhausted the 1500 copies printed. Murray sends note for £300 author’s payment. Wants to print 1250 more immediately.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 354
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5844

To John Murray   9 February [1868]

Summary

Heartily glad for JM’s sake at sale [of Variation]. Thinks JM right to publish a smaller second edition, for "the public will soon find out that it is dull" – though scientifically valuable. The index is excellent. CD is "always greedy" for presentation copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 180–181)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5854

From John Murray   12 February [1868]

Summary

CD’s letter encourages Murray to proceed with a new edition of Variation; corrections will cost £176.

First notice has appeared in Pall Mall Gazette [7 (1868): 555].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171 : 355
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5869

From John Murray   24 February [1868]

Summary

Second issue [of Variation] is ready.

Murray thinks that the Athenæum review was written by J. E. Gray [see 5931].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 356
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5923

To John Murray   25 February [1868]

Summary

Thanks JM for presentation copies [of Variation]. Sends directions and list.

Has been told positively that hostile review in Athenæum was by Berthold Seemann, to whom he once refused a testimonial.

On the whole, reviews have been very good.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  25 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 182–183)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5931

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

To John Murray   4 March [1868]

Summary

Payment of 400 guineas [Variation royalties] delights CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 f. 36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5978

From John Murray   6 March [1868]

Summary

JM sends note for £420.

Asks CD to use his good offices on behalf of William Clowes’s son who is up for election to Athenaeum.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 358
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5988

To John Murray   6 March 1868

Summary

Acknowledges receipt of bill for £420.

Will try to attend Athenaeum meeting to help elect Clowes’s son.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  6 Mar 1868
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff. 37–38)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5989

To John Murray   [25? March 1868]

Summary

American publishers will not wait for woodcuts, so asks Murray to have a copy of the reprint sent to Asa Gray. Will call soon to talk about Für Darwin and to hear about sale of latest edition of Origin

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [25? Mar 1868]
Classmark:  Bonhams (dealers) (10 November 2009); PBA Galleries (10 May 2012)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6050F

To John Murray   13 April [1868]

Summary

Asks JM to send Variation to G. Boccardo in Italy.

Sends title (suggested by Lyell) for translation of Fritz Müller’s Für Darwin (which Dallas is translating). CD does not wish to go to great expense in advertising it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  13 Apr [1868]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 184–185)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6114

To John Murray   14 April [1868]

Summary

About the advertising and title of a book [the translation of Fritz Müller’s Für Darwin, see 6114].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  14 Apr [1868]
Classmark:  RR Auction (dealers) (June 2006)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6119A

To John Murray   25 May 1868

Summary

Asks JM to consider publishing a MS on John Wesley by CD’s niece, Frances Julia Wedgwood [John Wesley and the evangelical reaction of the eighteenth century (1870)].

Has received clean sheets for Italian translation [of Variation?].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  25 May 1868
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.186–189)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6207

From John Murray   27 May [1868]

Summary

Will be glad to see Miss Wedgwood’s MS on Wesley.

The clichés of Fritz Müller’s work [Für Darwin] have arrived.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 May [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 359
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6212

To John Murray   16 September [1868]

Summary

B. D. Walsh has not received his copy of Variation. Several other foreign correspondents have similar complaints.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  16 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.190–191)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6369

From John Murray    18 September [1868]

Summary

JM will send another copy of Variation to B. D. Walsh.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 360
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6376

From John Murray   22 September [1868]

Summary

Lost copy of Variation sent to B. D. Walsh has been traced as far as New York.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 361
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6385
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