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From John Murray   5 August [1867]1

50, Albemarle St. | W.

Augt 5

My Dear Sir

I thank you for sending me Mr Meyers letter from Hildburghausen & return it as desired.2 I am sorry to say I am unacquainted with Brehm’s work to wch it relates & unless you do me the further favor to lend me one or two Vols of it I shall be unable to return an answer3

I am glad to find that you are getting on so well with the revision of your own work & I gather from that that your health is improved4

Sir Ch. Lyell was rejoicing in the privilege of being allowed to read your proofs—wch gave him great satisfaction5

Yours Dear Sir very | sincerely | John Murray

Chas Darwin Esq


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 4 August [1867].
CD had enclosed Hermann Julius Meyer’s letter of 30 July 1867 with his letter to Murray of 4 August [1867].
Murray refers to Alfred Edmund Brehm and Brehm et al. 1864–9, of which four volumes (of an eventual six) had appeared.
CD was correcting proof-sheets of Variation.
See letter from Charles Lyell, 4 August 1867. Murray was Lyell’s publisher as well as CD’s.


He is unacquainted with Brehm’s work [Thierleben]. Asks that a volume be sent so he can form an opinion on publishing it.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50
Source of text
DAR 171: 349
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5597,” accessed on 16 September 2021,

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