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Darwin Correspondence Project

To John Murray   16 [July 1845]

Down Bromley Kent

16 Wednesday | (after post-time)

My dear Sir

I sent the M.S. to Mess. Clowes on the 7th & since then I have had only three sheets. I urged him to send me a sheet a day, stating the reason that my health is uncertain & that I would not on any account suffer, what I did last time, when, being unwell, I had to look over three or four sheets the last day.— Now I see Ms. Clowes is running the same course this time & I write to inform you, that if the number shd fail being ready it will be exclusively the fault of Mess. Clowes for I cannot & will not exert myself again, if I chance to be unwell

Will you be so kind as to take the affair in your own hands with Mess. Clowes.

My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin


Sent MS [of second part of Journal of researches] to William Clowes [printer] on the 7th and has had only three sheets for correction. Asks JM to see to it that Messrs Clowes send a sheet a day, as CD’s health is uncertain, and he cannot do more at last moment if sheets accumulate.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.13–14)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 891,” accessed on 28 November 2021,

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