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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

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
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