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Darwin Correspondence Project

From John Murray   26 May [1871]1

50, Albemarle St. | W.

May 26

Dear Mr Darwin

As your promise to appear in Albemarle St & receive my two Bills for the Third Edn. of your Descent of Man has not been fulfilled I think it better to delay no longer & beg you to receive enclosed 2 Bills for £420" each—dated from May 1, at Six & 9 months date2

I remain My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | John Murray

Chas Darwin Esq

Down | Beckenham


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 12 March [1871].
Murray was mistaken. CD had requested that the bills be sent to Southampton or to Down (see letter to John Murray, 12 May [1871]). Murray’s payment was for the third printing of Descent (see 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.


Sends two bills [JM’s notes for payments due to CD] for £420 each for 3d issue of Descent.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50
Source of text
DAR 171: 399
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7769,” accessed on 17 September 2021,

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