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Darwin Correspondence Project

From John Murray   9 March 1872

50, Albemarle St. | W.

Mar 9/72

My Dear Dear

I shall be happy to give you for the present Edition of your work on Man, consisting of 1000 copies, the sum of Three Hundred Guineas, being as nearly as I can calculate, 23ds of the probable profits of the Edition, nearly half of wch are disposed of1   Since however, greater part of these were sold so recently that I shall not be paid for them until Septr next—I propose to give you my note of hand for the above named sum, at 4 months date from the 1st. March last— On receiving your assent to this proposal I will have the pleasure to send you the note

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

Charles Darwin Esq


The fourth printing of the first edition of Descent was made in December 1871 (Freeman 1977).


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

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1977. The works of Charles Darwin: an annotated bibliographical handlist. 2d edition. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.


JM arranges to pay CD for the latest issue of Descent.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50
Source of text
DAR 171: 408
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8239,” accessed on 21 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20