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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   3 May [1861]

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

May 3d

My dear Sir

I am sorry for your sake, as well as my own, for the mistake. I return your Bill & shd be obliged for a new one. I have altered the receipt, whether as altered it will suffice I know not.—1 There were few corrections in the last Edition, though several pages added, yet I am surprised, at so large a reduction of profit, relatively to the last Edition, which since receiving your note, I have calculated.2

Kindly attend to the few points specified in my last note & believe me | My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


See the enclosure with the letter to John Murray, 30 April [1861]. Murray had originally calculated CD’s share of the profits on the third edition of Origin to be £480; the revised figure was £372.
CD received £636 13s. 4d. in royalties on the second edition of Origin (see ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 9, Appendix II) and Peckham ed. 1959, p. 775).


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.


Regrets the error in the bill and receipt. CD is surprised at so large a reduction in profit in the last edition.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 103)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3136,” accessed on 27 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 9