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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   4 March [1868]1

6. Queen Anne St | W

March 4th

My dear Sir

I have just been very much pleased by your note.

Four hundred guineas is a splendid sum & it delights my avaritious soul.—2

I shall not now grudge spending money for aid in my new Book.3

With sincere thanks | My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin—


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 3 March [1868].
CD refers to Descent.


Payment of 400 guineas [Variation royalties] delights CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
London, Queen Anne St, 6
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 f. 36)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5978,” accessed on 20 January 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16