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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   21 March 1871

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Mar 21. 1871

My dear Mr Murray

I am astonished at the sale of my book.1 I will make no additions but must correct a few misprints & errors.2

I will send the sheets tomorrow to Messrs Clowes,3 who have been wonderfully kind in keeping up the types so long.

yours very faithfully | Ch Darwin


For more on the corrections CD made for the third printing of Descent, see the letter from J. V. Carus, 15 March 1871 and n. 2.
CD refers to the firm William Clowes & Sons, John Murray’s printers.


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


Is astonished at sale [of Descent]. Will make no additions, but must correct a few misprints and errors [for third issue].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 252)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7608,” accessed on 19 September 2021,

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