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To John Murray   22 February [1866]

Summary

CD is pleased [about need for a new edition of Origin] but even more grieved – for it will delay his next book [Variation]. Progress of natural history will make many changes necessary in Origin. Nevertheless, proceeds with 32 more woodcuts for Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 139–142)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5016

To John Murray   28 May [1866]

Summary

Has corrected and improved Origin.

Now hopes to make real progress [on Variation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  28 May [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 143–144)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5103

To John Murray   15 July [1866]

Summary

4th edition of Origin will soon be bound. Suggests sending copies to scientific periodicals that might notice it. Hopes JM will specify in advertisements that the work is corrected and enlarged. Hopes pages will be cut. Only insanity accounts for this not being done in England.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  15 July [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 145–146)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5155

To John Murray   16 October [1866]

Summary

Arrangements for woodcuts [in Variation]. Hopes to be ready to print early in 1867.

Encloses letter from Asa Gray [5160] about Appleton’s refusal to alter their plates for a new edition of Origin.

CD asks JM to consider Gray’s plan to have the English edition compete with the American.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  16 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 147–148)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5245

To John Murray   23 October [1866]

Summary

A letter from Asa Gray informs CD that Ticknor & Fields will not publish a new edition of Origin to compete with Appleton’s unrevised edition. They recommend sending copies of the English edition for the American market.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 Oct [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 151–152)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5253

To John Murray   21 and 22 December [1866]

Summary

Submits the MS of Variation, all excepting the section on Man.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  21 and 22 Dec 1866
Classmark:  Herb Sewell (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5314F

To John Murray   3 January [1867]

Summary

Sorry about enormous size of Variation MS, but cannot shorten it now. If JM is afraid to publish, CD will consider agreement cancelled. Suggests he ask someone with judgment to read the MS. Has written concluding chapter on man. Whether it will be included depends on size of volume.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 158–160)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5346

To John Murray   8 January [1867]

Summary

CD annoyed at large size of Variation. Suggests printing detailed parts in small type. JM can, of course, decline to publish altogether.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  8 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 155–157)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5350

To John Murray   10 January [1867]

Summary

Relieved by JM’s note and by his agreement on type size. Is alarmed by what the verdict [on Variation] of JM’s friend will be. He is not a man of science. An unscientific reader would have condemned the Origin. An eminent semi-scientific man thought the Journal of researches not worth publishing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  10 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 166)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5356

To John Murray   15 January [1867]

Summary

Approves of type [for Variation]. Pleased to hear from Hooker that he is not surprised that MS is big.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  15 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 161)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5363

To John Murray   27 January [1867]

Summary

Hopes JM’s friend will give his judgment [on Variation] soon; and urges JM to come to a decision about publishing. CD believes it will have "a fair sale".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  27 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 153–154)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5379

To John Murray   29 January [1867]

Summary

CD agrees to JM’s proposal of half-profits. Thinks it a mistake to print only 750 copies. The agreement on half-profit is for first edition only. CD estimates his book at a higher value than JM does.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  29 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 162–163)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5382

To John Murray   31 January [1867]

Summary

Is convinced his chapter on man [for Variation] will excite plenty of attention and abuse, which he supposes is as good as praise for selling a book.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  31 Jan [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 164–165)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5384

To John Murray   18 March [1867]

Summary

The compositors have invented a title [for Variation] which CD thinks is better than the advertised one. CD can form no opinion on number of copies. Asks that clean sheets be sent to German and Russian publishers for translation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  18 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 167–168)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5446

To John Murray   20 March [1867]

Summary

The new title is fixed. Thanks for clean sheets. As to number of copies, now that JM proposes 1500, CD is frightened.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Mar [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 169–170)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5450

To John Murray   4 April [1867]

Summary

Asks JM not to send stereotypes [of Variation] to Schweizerbart until he has heard that Carus will translate it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Apr [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff. 32–33)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5486

To John Murray   10 April [1867]

Summary

CD writes about stereotypes for German and Russian editions of Variation.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  10 Apr [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff. 34–35)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5497

To John Murray   4 August [1867]

Summary

Asks whether JM is interested in publishing A. E. Brehm, Illustrirtes Thierleben [4 vols. (1864–7)], which has had immense sale on the continent.

Is making good progress with proofs [of Variation].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Aug [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 171–172)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5594

To John Murray   6 August [1867]

Summary

Sends the four volumes [of Brehm’s Thierleben] for Murray’s consideration.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  6 Aug [1867]
Classmark:  S. J. Hessel (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5599

To John Murray   20 September 1867

Summary

Thanks for "pleasant remittance" of £250 for 4th edition of Origin.

Glad to see that Orchids sells a little.

Hopes Variation will be more successful.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Sept 1867
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 173)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5632
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