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Darwin Correspondence Project

From John Murray   1 July 1870

50, Albemarle St. | W.

July 1./70

With John Murrays Comps & thanks to Mr Darwin receipt for £60"9"4 enclosed.1

Chas. Darwin Esq | &c &c &c

Dear Sir

Mr Cooke forgot to point to you yesterday that in arranging the sum paid to you for the last Edition of your “Origin” we had to consider the reduction of its price by one shilling below that of the former Edn.2

Of the Titles you have preferred The Descent of Man—& Selection according to Sex— This need not bind you permanently as to your Title. At all events I am glad we have got rid of an objectionable adjective—3

My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray

Ch Darwin Esq


An entry in CD’s Account books–banking account (Down House MS) for 30 June records a payment of £60 9s. 4d. The payment is further broken down into £30 9s. 4d. for expenses for the translation of Fritz Müller’s book (F. Müller 1864; Dallas trans. 1869) and £30 for presents of CD’s books (CD’s Account books–cash account and Classed account books (Down House MS)).
CD evidently visited his publisher, John Murray, the previous day. Murray refers to Robert Cooke and to the fourth and fifth editions of Origin. CD was in London from 24 June to 1 July 1870 (see ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).
The reference is to Descent; the ‘objectionable adjective’ is not specified, but was presumably ‘sexual’. ‘According to’ was later changed to ‘in relation to’.


Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.


Financial adjustments for last edition of Origin

and a tentative title for the new work: "Descent of man and selection according to sex". [Later changed to "in relation to sex".]

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50
Source of text
DAR 171: 376
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7259,” accessed on 29 November 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18