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From John Murray   20 March [1871]1

50, Albemarle St. | W.

Mar 20

My Dear Sir

The demands upon me for your book that I believe I must send to press 1000 more copies.2

I do not wish you to be troubled about any more corrections—But wish you to have notice—beforehand

Yours very faithfully | John Murray

Ch Darwin Esq


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 18 March [1871].
Murray refers to Descent; he had just issued a second printing of 2000 copies (see letter from John Murray, 18 March [1871]). A third printing of 2000 copies appeared in April 1871 (Freeman 1977; letter from John Murray, 10 May 1871).


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

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.


Demand [for Descent] is such that JM thinks he will have to print 1000 more copies. Does not want to trouble CD for corrections.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50
Source of text
DAR 171: 393
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7604,” accessed on 27 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19