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Darwin Correspondence Project

From John Murray   30 January [1867]1

Albemarle St

Jany. 30

My Dear Sir

I have this day got back the first portion of your MS. wch shall be delivered to your Servant whenever he may call—

The remainder will be in my hands Saty. morng & will also be delivered—if called for.2

I will not decide on the No. to be printed until I can read a good portion— Our agreement will apply only to First Edition3

My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray

Chas Darwin Esq


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 29 January [1867].
For CD’s request for the manuscript of Variation, see the letter to John Murray, 29 January [1867]. In 1867, the Saturday after 30 January was 2 February.
For CD’s and Murray’s agreement concerning the publication of Variation, see the letter from John Murray, 28 January [1867], and the letter to John Murray, 29 January [1867].


Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.


First portion of Variation MS has been set up. Murray will not decide on number to be printed until he has read a good portion. The agreement applies only to the first edition.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St
Source of text
DAR 171: 345
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5383,” accessed on 27 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15