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To John Murray   5 February [1860]1

Down Bromley Kent

Feb. 5th

My dear Sir

Very many thanks about Bailliere & extract (highly flattering) from German Newspaper.—2

If you have not already taken, will you please to take proper steps in Germany for reserving to me power of Translation.—

Shall you have new title-page for my Journal? if so would it not be splendid puff to put in 7th Thousandth, or if Colburn’s Edition of 1500 might be added 8th thousandth3

Yours very truly | C. Darwin

How many copies shall you print? Do not think of answering this on purpose.


Dated by the reference to a German edition of Origin.
See letter to John Murray, 3 February [1860]. The extract from a German newspaper has not been found.
The title page of the 1860 edition of Journal of researches reads ‘Tenth Thousand’.


Journal of researches: Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by HMS Beagle, under the command of Captain FitzRoy, RN, from 1832 to 1836. By Charles Darwin. London: Henry Colburn. 1839.

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.


Thanks JM for highly flattering extract from German newspaper.

Asks JM to take steps to reserve to CD right of translation in Germany.

If there is to be a new title-page to Journal of researches, it would be a "splendid puff" to put in "7th thousand", or if Colburn’s 1500 can be added: "8th thousand".

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
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Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.88–89)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2688,” accessed on 20 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 8