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To John Murray   10 April [1867]1

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

Ap 10

My dear Sir

Will you have a set of Stereotypes made for Herr Schweizerbart: he told you in his note how to forward them & how he wd repay you. I am anxious that they shd be good stereotypes; & would it not be a good plan to have a proof struck from each sent to me for inspection?2

I should be particularly obliged if you wd let me hear the cost of the whole set as soon as you know what it amounts to, for the Russian translator wants a set, but first wishes to know the cost, as he thinks he could get them done very cheaply in Russia—but I should prefer his having the originals.3

I am sincerely sorry to say that my corrections are frightfully heavy, though I had this part of the MS. copied & thought I had corrected it well.4

My dear Sir | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, 2 April 1867.
CD refers to stereotypes of the illustrations for Variation, which Murray was publishing. Christian Friedrich Schweizerbart was the director of the German firm that was publishing the German translation of Variation. See also letter from E. Schweizerbart’sche Buchhandlung, 22 March 1867, letter to John Murray, 4 April [1867], and letter from J. V. Carus, 5 April 1867. The letter from Schweizerbart to Murray has not been found in the John Murray Archive, but there is a ledger entry under Variation that reads: ‘Sept 18th 1867   Schweizerbart   £10’.
The Russian translator was Vladimir Onufrievich Kovalevsky; see letter from V. O. Kovalevsky, 2 April 1867.
CD was correcting the proof-sheets of Variation (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Correspondence vol. 15, Appendix II)).


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

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


CD writes about stereotypes for German and Russian editions of Variation.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff. 34–35)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5497,” accessed on 28 November 2021,

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