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To John Murray   4 April [1860]1

Down Bromley Kent

Ap. 4th

My dear Sir

I enclose with many thanks the receipt for your Bills.—2

The Review in Westminster, I have not yet read: it is by Huxley.3 Prof. Pictet has published an excellent Review, though opposed to me, in the Bibliotheque Univer. of Geneva.4

My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


Dated by the bills mentioned the letter (see n. 2, below).
An entry dated 28 May 1860 in CD’s Account book (Down House MS) records ‘Murray’s Bill’ for £180. In December 1859 Murray had sent CD a cheque for this amount, due for payment on 27 May 1860, as his share of the profits on the first edition of Origin (Correspondence vol. 7, letter to John Murray, 10 December 1859).
[T. H. Huxley] 1860b.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

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.

Pictet de la Rive, François Jules. 1860. Sur l’origine de l’espèce par Charles Darwin. Bibliothèque universelle. Revue suisse et étrangère n.s. 7: 233–55.


Has not yet read Huxley’s review of Origin in Westminster Review [Apr 1860].

F. J. Pictet has published an excellent review, though opposed to CD, in Bibliothèque Universelle de Genève [Mar 1860].

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 f. 76)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2745,” accessed on 6 December 2021,

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