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To John Murray   [24 September – 31 October 1867]

Summary

Instructions for the index to Variation

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [24 Sept – 31 Oct 1867]
Classmark:  Heritage Auctions (dealers) 2006
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5633F

To John Murray   19 October [1867]

Summary

An absurd error ("Election" for "Selection") in the advertisement of Variation. Dallas is the best man for index.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  19 Oct [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 174–175)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5654

To John Murray   2 November [1867]

Summary

Dallas’ index [for Variation] well done but rather too full.

A hybrid from an ass and a bull is utterly incredible.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 Nov [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 176–177)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5667

To John Murray   31 December [1867]

Summary

Introduces Clair Grece who wishes to translate a work on English grammar from the German.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  31 Dec [1867]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff. 64–65)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5743

To John Murray   9 January [1868]

Summary

CD exasperated by Dallas’ delay in finishing index [for Variation]. "I am prepared to throw the Index overboard."

Thinks JM should reconsider publishing a translation of Brehm’s Thierleben. It is excellent and would "sell largely".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 Jan [1868]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 178–179)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5781

To John Murray   9 February [1868]

Summary

Heartily glad for JM’s sake at sale [of Variation]. Thinks JM right to publish a smaller second edition, for "the public will soon find out that it is dull" – though scientifically valuable. The index is excellent. CD is "always greedy" for presentation copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 180–181)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5854

To John Murray   25 February [1868]

Summary

Thanks JM for presentation copies [of Variation]. Sends directions and list.

Has been told positively that hostile review in Athenæum was by Berthold Seemann, to whom he once refused a testimonial.

On the whole, reviews have been very good.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  25 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 182–183)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5931

To John Murray   4 March [1868]

Summary

Payment of 400 guineas [Variation royalties] delights CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Mar [1868]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 f. 36)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5978

To John Murray   6 March 1868

Summary

Acknowledges receipt of bill for £420.

Will try to attend Athenaeum meeting to help elect Clowes’s son.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  6 Mar 1868
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff. 37–38)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5989

To John Murray   [25? March 1868]

Summary

American publishers will not wait for woodcuts, so asks Murray to have a copy of the reprint sent to Asa Gray. Will call soon to talk about Für Darwin and to hear about sale of latest edition of Origin

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [25? Mar 1868]
Classmark:  Bonhams (dealers) (10 November 2009); PBA Galleries (10 May 2012)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6050F

To John Murray   13 April [1868]

Summary

Asks JM to send Variation to G. Boccardo in Italy.

Sends title (suggested by Lyell) for translation of Fritz Müller’s Für Darwin (which Dallas is translating). CD does not wish to go to great expense in advertising it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  13 Apr [1868]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 184–185)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6114

To John Murray   14 April [1868]

Summary

About the advertising and title of a book [the translation of Fritz Müller’s Für Darwin, see 6114].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  14 Apr [1868]
Classmark:  RR Auction (dealers) (June 2006)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6119A

To John Murray   25 May 1868

Summary

Asks JM to consider publishing a MS on John Wesley by CD’s niece, Frances Julia Wedgwood [John Wesley and the evangelical reaction of the eighteenth century (1870)].

Has received clean sheets for Italian translation [of Variation?].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  25 May 1868
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.186–189)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6207

To John Murray   16 September [1868]

Summary

B. D. Walsh has not received his copy of Variation. Several other foreign correspondents have similar complaints.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  16 Sept [1868]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.190–191)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6369

To John Murray   [1–3 February 1869]

Summary

Asks JM to grant permission for a French translation of his "Naturalist’s voyage" [Journal of researches].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [1–3 Feb 1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 192–193)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6596

To R. F. Cooke   9 March [1869]

Summary

Suggests best form of lettering for spine of Müller’s Facts and arguments for Darwin.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 Mar [1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 198–199)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6648

To John Murray   29 April [1869]

Summary

Thanks JM for Quarterly Review. A. R. Wallace’s article inimitably good – and a triumph that it appears where it will make B[ishop] of O[xford] and Owen gnash their teeth.

Delighted at the sale of F. Müller’s book.

Thinks he has brought Origin up to "present standard of science" [5th ed. (June 1869)].

Slow progress on Descent.

His horse rolled over him, but he is recovering rapidly.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  29 Apr [1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 201–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6718

To John Murray   [after 18 September 1869]

Summary

Wishes JM’s new periodical [the Academy] could have been a weekly so it might kill the Athenæum by a lingering death.

Has drafted a piece [about Descent] but is not pleased with it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [after 18 Sept 1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 39–40)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6900

To John Murray   8 November [1869]

Summary

Masson et Fils have brought out a third French edition [of Origin] without informing CD and without the advantage of the corrections of the 4th and 5th English editions. For this and other reasons CD wants to give translation rights for the 5th English edition to C. Reinwald.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  8 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 205–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6977

To John Murray   12 October [1860]

Summary

Lyell tells CD Origin still sells "pretty well", which pleases and surprises him. If a new edition should be called for, he has a good many corrections and a historical preface for it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  12 Oct [1860]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.82–83)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2947
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