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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   13 November 1872

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Nov 13th 1872

My dear Mr Murray

Many thanks for the 210£ for the last reprint of the Origin. The next thousand, as there will be much less outlay, will give us both larger proportional profit.—1 I am heartily glad it has gone off so well, & will I hope sell moderately for some years to come.

With respect to the Expression Book, I am not short of money, & it will be fairer for me, & I hope quite convenient to yourself to defer paying me till you actually receive payment from the Bookseller for half or 23 of the copies printed, & then let me have the 23 of profit whatever it may amount to.— I am extremely pleased at the success of the book, as far as sale is concerned, & as far as I hear of the opinion of my friends. At some time hence please let me hear how many copies are struck off—

My dear Mr. Murray | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin

To | J. Murray Esq


See letter from John Murray, 12 November [1872]. The sixth edition of Origin, first published in 1872, was reprinted in 1873 (Freeman 1977).


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.

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.


Thanks JM for £210 on last reprint of Origin [6th ed.]. Pleased by its sale

and by the success of Expression.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
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Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 291–2)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8623,” accessed on 29 November 2021,

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