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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   [4 June 1845]

Down Bromley Kent


Dear Sir

I am exceedingly obliged for the manner in which you have acceeded to my request for the additional 50£.

I will reconsider the title when set up; at present I can think of no improvement.

I give up the map: I will direct the woodcut to be delivered to you. I do not suppose I shall want others.

I presume the proofs are to be returned by me direct to the Printer, who must send me his address.

I ought to have stated that my calculation of contents viz 168 or 169 pages in this number, & about 160 in next has been founded on the size of pages & kind of type used in Father Ripa.1

Your’s very faithfully | C. Darwin

I will put the running Headings as you require


Ripa 1844. A title that appeared in Murray’s Colonial and Home Library.


Ripa, Matteo. 1844. Memoirs of Father Ripa, during thirteen years’ residence at the Court of Peking … with an account of the foundation of the college for the education of young Chinese at Naples. London.


Obliged to JM for acceding to request for an additional £50 [for Journal of researches, 2d ed.]. Will reconsider title when type is set up. Gives up the map. Writes about other details of publication.

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 f.26)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 875,” accessed on 28 November 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 3