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To John Murray   14 December 1874

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station

Dec 14. 1874

My dear Sir

My book will consist of two quite distinct parts, as you will see by the enclosed paper.1 After a good deal of puzzling, the best title which I can think of is given at the head of the enclosed;2 & you might advertise this alone, or more in detail by giving the two parts as you think fit.

My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


A note appeared under the heading ‘Literary gossip’ in the Athenæum, 9 January 1875, announcing the forthcoming publication of a book by CD titled Insectivorous and climbing plants. In the event, the second edition of Climbing plants was published separately; Insectivorous plants was published in July 1875.
The enclosure has not been found.


Athenæum. 1844. A few words by way of comment on Miss Martineau’s statement. No. 896 (28 December): 1198–9.

Climbing plants: On the movements and habits of climbing plants. By Charles Darwin. London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green; Williams & Norgate. 1865.

Insectivorous plants. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1875.


Sends a suggested title [for Insectivorous plants?].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Murray
Sent from
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 342–3)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9758,” accessed on 26 October 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22