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To John Murray   [23 August 1845]

Summary

Has again overrun his limits [in MS of third part of Journal of researches]. Sends JM a proof sheet of his account of Cape of Good Hope for decision whether to strike it out and save four pages.

Favourable notice of Journal has appeared in Gardeners’ Chronicle.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [23 Aug 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 31–32)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-903

To John Murray   24 September [1873]

Summary

CD will have to make heavy corrections in Expression and Descent if there ever is a new edition of either.

Will soon begin another book [Insectivorous plants].

It and a second one [Cross and self-fertilisation] will sell only "very specially".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  24 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 352–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9066

To John Murray   27 August [1845]

Summary

Has finished MS for second edition of Journal of researches. Instructs JM regarding author’s copies, and woodcuts; asks to be informed if volume sells well.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  27 Aug [1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.8–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-908

To John Murray   2 September [1845]

Summary

Encloses signed receipt for promissory note for £150 from John Murray. Hopes to have pleasure of meeting him soon. Is particularly obliged for promise of information on success of volume.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 Sept [1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.1–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-911

To John Murray   [1 March 1871]

Summary

Discusses new edition of Descent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [1 Mar 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 437
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9237

To John Murray   4 April 1874

Summary

Has finished corrections for 2d edition of Descent – "as hard work as I have ever had in my life". Estimates it is 40 pages longer than 1st edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Apr 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 350–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9388

To John Murray   12 April 1874

Summary

Discusses 2d edition of Descent. CD is inclined to a cheap edition and asks JM to consider a one-volume edition in double-column format.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  12 Apr 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 348–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9404

To John Murray   9 May [1874]

Summary

Recommends that JM consider publishing a new edition of J. F. McLennan’s Primitive marriage [1865]. CD considers it very valuable and not too indelicate.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 May [1874]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 347–347A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9451

To John Murray   13 June [1880]

Summary

Letter of introduction for R. B. Litchfield.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  13 June [1880]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 60–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9491

DCP-LETT-9579

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  
Classmark:  DAR 97: C56–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9579

To John Murray   11 August 1874

Summary

Asks JM, as a favour, to use his influence with the Editor of Quarterly Review to print George Darwin’s answer to the charge made by the author of "Primitive man" [St George Mivart] that GD approved "of the encouragement of vice to check population".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  11 Aug 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 48–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9598

To John Murray   18 October 1874

Summary

Thanks for Quarterly Review [Oct 1874, containing G. H. Darwin’s letter and a rejoinder]. Is convinced the author is Mivart. Is therefore not surprised at malice in the article attacking his son [George Darwin] and grossly misrepresenting CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  18 Oct 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 345–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9685

To John Murray   5 November [1874]

Summary

Thanks JM for granting his request. Will write to D. Appleton.

CD is sorry about heavy loss from Expression; still thinks the book will sell in the course of years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 344)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9710

To John Murray   14 December 1874

Summary

Sends a suggested title [for Insectivorous plants?].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  14 Dec 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 342–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9758

To John Murray   23 January [1875–82]

Summary

Thanks for two German letters about translations, which he has answered. The enclosed one contains a proposal for CD’s correspondent to bring out a translation of a very successful German book, and must be answered by the correspondent.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 Jan [1875-82]
Classmark:  Swann Auction Galleries (dealers) (14 September 1993)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9828F

To John Murray   16 February [1875]

Summary

Asks whether JM thinks another edition of Variation worth while. Asks because a Polish translation is planned and he would undertake corrections for a 2d edition, but not just for a Polish edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  16 Feb [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 314–15)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9857

To John Murray   10 April [1875]

Summary

Is glad JM will publish [Climbing plants] as a separate little book. Some people have been much interested in it, though it has been read by very few.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  10 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 313)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9922

To John Murray   29 April [1875]

Summary

Insectivorous plants will soon be ready to print. Does not know what to advise on size of printing. May sell poorly.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  29 Apr [1875]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 312–312A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9955

To John Murray   3 May 1875

Summary

CD proposes setting price [of Insectivorous plants] on a printing of 1000 copies, but to have 250 additional copies printed – with CD paying for paper and press work. JM would not repay CD until 1000 are sold; and profits on the 250 to be divided as usual. CD proposes this because he does not think a second edition will ever be needed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 May 1875
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 310–11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9967

To John Murray   5 May 1875

Summary

Agrees not to receive his share of sales on Insectivorous plants until 750 or 800 copies are sold. 1250 to be printed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 May 1875
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 f. 50)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9972
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