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To John Murray   18 May [1860]1

Down Bromley Kent

May 18th

My dear Sir

I write one line to thank you very sincerely for your too magnificent present of six copies of my Journal.—   It looks excellently, & I am greatly pleased at my creditable appearance in a green coat.—2 With very many thanks

My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin


The year is given by the publication of a reprint edition of Journal of researches.
The 1860 edition of Journal of researches, the tenth-thousand printed, was published in the same green cloth binding as Origin (Freeman 1977, p. 36). Previous editions published by Murray had been bound in red cloth.


Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

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 for six copies of Journal of researches [1860 ed.].

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
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Dunedin Public Library (Reed collection)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2810,” accessed on 20 September 2021,

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