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From John Murray   22 September [1871]1

50, Albemarle St. | W.

Sept. 22

My Dear Sir

The copies of the Pamphlet have been distributed to your friends & to the Press—excepting Humfreys Jnl of Anatomy & Physiology—the habitat of wch eludes us— Can you aid our search?2

We have sent out advertisements moderately— It will be in Athenæum tomorrow3

I saw poor dear Murchison yesterday— he is falling into a state of torpor—4

I hope your health is better | My Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully John Murray

Charles Darwin Esq &c &c | Down


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to John Murray, 13 September 1871.
Chauncey Wright’s review of St George Jackson Mivart’s Genesis of species (Mivart 1871a), Darwinism: being an examination of Mr. St George Mivart’s ‘Genesis of species’ (Wright 1871b), was advertised in the Athenæum on 23 September 1871, p. 387.
Roderick Impey Murchison died of bronchitis on 22 October 1871 (ODNB).


Athenæum. 1844. A few words by way of comment on Miss Martineau’s statement. No. 896 (28 December): 1198–9.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.


The pamphlet [Chauncey Wright’s review of Mivart, see 7940] has been distributed to friends and to the press.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50
Source of text
DAR 171: 402
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7962,” accessed on 28 September 2021,

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