# To John Murray   [9 March 1872 or later]1

9. Devonshire St | Portland Place

My dear Mr Murray

Many thanks for your note. It really makes no difference to me whether you give me a Bill, or a cheque at the time proposed, for the $\frac{2}{3}$ profits, i.e. £315,— Pray do whichever seems best to you. I have been vexed to find that some of my friends & as I hear some booksellers, complain of the type of the new Edit. of the Origin.2

I found no difficulty in reading the proofs, & my eyesight now is not very good; yet the lines now do seem to me not very distinct.— But there is no help for it, so it is no use thinking about it.—

Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

## Footnotes

The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from John Murray, 9 March 1872.
The sixth edition of Origin was cheaper than the earlier ones. It had a smaller typeface and less spacing between the lines.

## Bibliography

Origin: On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1859.

## Summary

CD is vexed to hear that some of his friends and some booksellers complain of the type of the new [6th] edition of Origin. CD, whose eyesight is not good, had no trouble reading proofs.

## Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8230
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
John Murray
Sent from
London, Devonshire St, 9
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 274–5)
Physical description
2pp