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Darwin Correspondence Project

From John Murray   22 March 1871

50, Albemarle St. | W.

Mar 22/71

My Dear Sir

I have the pleasure to enclose my note of hand for £630" making with former payment by cheque 800 Guineas for the Second Edn of Descent of Man. Down to the present time I have sold 1300 out of the 2,000 of 2nd. Edn.1 In a few days more I shall be able to decide on the number to be printed for 3d. Edn probably 2,000 will be wanted2

I am My Dear Sir | Your’s very faithfully | John Murray

Ch Darwin Esq


Murray refers to the second printing of Descent (see letter from John Murray, 18 March [1871] and n. 3).
Murray originally planned a further 1000 copies (see letter from John Murray, 20 March [1871]).


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


Completes payment for 2d issue [of Descent]; has sold 1300 of the 2000 copies printed. Will probably print 2000 more for 3d issue.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50
Source of text
DAR 171: 394
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7611,” accessed on 25 September 2021,

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