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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

To John Murray   13 September 1871

Summary

Arrangements for distribution and review of pamphlet [Chauncey Wright’s Darwinism: being an examination of Mr St. G. J. Mivart’s "Genesis of species" (1871)], which CD had reprinted at his own expense.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  13 Sept 1871
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 224–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7940

To John Murray   23 September [1871]

Summary

Has been so unwell that he could do absolutely nothing on Origin [6th ed.]. A new chapter seven has cost much labour.

Sorry to hear R. I. Murchison is ill.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  23 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 234–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7964

To John Murray   6 October [1871]

Summary

Has finished seven chapters of revision of Origin [6th ed.] despite poor health. Asks JM’s opinion on a glossary of scientific terms. Encloses text for advertisement.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  6 Oct [1871]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 228–31)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7988

To John Murray   8 January [1872]

Summary

Requests printing of diagram for new [6th] edition of Origin. Thinks 6s may be too dear for a cheap edition.

Dallas has done an excellent glossary.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  8 Jan [1872]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 271)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8152

To John Murray   27 January [1872]

Summary

Has corrected last page of index of Origin [6th ed.]. Sends instructions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  27 Jan [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 283
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8187

To John Murray   30 January 1872

Summary

Requests that JM make stereotype plates of 6th edition of Origin available to D. Appleton. This will be last edition and CD is "extremely anxious" to spread his views.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  30 Jan 1872
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 272–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8188

To John Murray   14 February [1872]

Summary

Asks to have copy of Origin [6th ed.] sent to the Pall Mall Gazette for review with Mivart’s Genesis [of species (1871)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  14 Feb [1872]
Classmark:  Sotheby’s, New York (dealers) (11 December 2007)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8212

To John Murray   [9 March 1872 or later]

Summary

CD is vexed to hear that some of his friends and some booksellers complain of the type of the new [6th] edition of Origin. CD, whose eyesight is not good, had no trouble reading proofs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [9 Mar 1872 or later]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 274–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8230

To John Murray   17 March [1845]

Summary

CD has heard from Lyell that JM is inclined to publish a second edition of Journal of researches. His agreement with Henry Colburn leaves CD free to publish with anyone. Will have no further relations with Colburn. Discusses details of proposed revisions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  17 Mar [1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.354–355)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-841

To John Murray   20 March [1845]

Summary

Thanks for note; encloses copy of FitzRoy’s agreement with Henry Colburn [see 379], to the effect that after sale of first edition of Narrative, CD is at liberty to publish his Journal of researches in any manner he chooses.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 Mar [1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.8–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-843

To John Murray   30 August [1872]

Summary

Asks JM to send copies of all his books to Anton Dohrn.

Koch [of Schweizerbart] requires 3000 sets of copies of the heliotype plates [for German edition of Expression].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  30 Aug [1872]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 267–8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8495

To John Murray   [5 April 1845]

Summary

Thanks for note. Believes agreement with Henry Colburn does not cover 2d ed. of Journal of researches. Regrets Murray’s Colonial Library series will require one-fifth reduction of text; will consult Lyell on how to reduce scientific part. Prefers that JM consult with Colburn, but in case he declines, encloses draft of letter he would send to Colburn. Anticipates co-operation of Colburn, as he has paid CD nothing for 1st ed. of Journal.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [5 Apr 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.3–7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-851

To John Murray   [10 April 1845]

Summary

Is certain he never signed any paper with Henry Colburn or he would have kept a copy as he did of FitzRoy’s agreement. Wishes JM success in his negotiations with Colburn; asks him to remind Colburn that the copperplate has been left with editor of German edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  [10 Apr 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.10–11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-855

To John Murray   12 April [1845]

Summary

CD clarifies his relationship with Henry Colburn with regard to a 2d ed. of the Journal of researches. "I never signed any agreement of any kind; but the separate sale of my Journal in the first edition was with my verbal consent & approval."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  12 Apr [1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42153 ff.4–5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-856

To John Murray   17 [April 1845]

Summary

Pleased to hear that Colburn has behaved more liberally than CD anticipated. Three numbers of the Colonial Library, each of 171 pages, will hold his Journal of researches. Accepts financial arrangements for its publication offered by JM.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  17 [Apr 1845]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff.23–23A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-857
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