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From John Murray   22 March 1871

Summary

Completes payment for 2d issue [of Descent]; has sold 1300 of the 2000 copies printed. Will probably print 2000 more for 3d issue.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 394
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7611

From John Murray   12 April [1871]

Summary

Asks CD’s opinion of a request from Loescher of Turin. Thinks Loescher should have named his translator.

Does CD know the name of the Times reviewer?

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 395
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7676

From John Murray   10 May 1871

Summary

Offers CD same payment for the 3d issue of Descent as for 2d.

Has bespoke four better drawings of birds in case a 4th issue is needed.

Vanity Fair wants CD’s portrait by Carlo Pellegrini ["Ape"].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 May 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 398
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7750

From John Murray   26 May [1871]

Summary

Sends two bills [JM’s notes for payments due to CD] for £420 each for 3d issue of Descent.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 May [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 399
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7769

From John Murray   31 May [1871]

Summary

On photographic illustrations [for Expression].

Estimates 7s 6d price for a cheap edition of Origin [6th].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 May [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 400
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7784

From John Murray   22 September [1871]

Summary

The pamphlet [Chauncey Wright’s review of Mivart, see 7940] has been distributed to friends and to the press.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Sept [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 402
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7962

From John Murray   2 February [1872]

Summary

Accedes to CD’s request to let Appleton have a set of stereotypes of the 6th English edition of Origin at a little above cost.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Feb [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 406
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8195

From John Murray   9 March 1872

Summary

JM arranges to pay CD for the latest issue of Descent.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Mar 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 408
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8239

From John Murray   7 June [1872]

Summary

Messrs Clowes have received MS of Expression. JM submits specimen pages for CD’s approval.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 June [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 409
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8374

From John Murray   3 September [1872]

Summary

R. Cooke has increased the order for heliotypes [for Expression] to 8000. Reimburses CD for cost of artists.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Sept [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 420
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8508

From John Murray   6 November [1872]

Summary

Is convinced that 2000 more copies [of Expression] must be printed without delay in order to meet demand. He therefore asks CD to send his corrections to the printer at once.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Nov [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 428
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8602

From John Murray   9 November 1872

Summary

The reception of Expression has exceeded even JM’s expectations; 5267 copies were sold at the annual sale. CD’s modesty about the work had misled him about its probable sale.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Nov 1872
Classmark:  DAR 171: 429
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8616

From John Murray   12 November [1872]

Summary

Price of Expression is 12s.

Sends cheque to pay CD his share of profits on Origin [6th ed.].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov [1872]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 430
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8622

From John Murray   10 February [1873]

Summary

Encloses cheque for 1000 guineas, CD’s share of profits on first 7000 copies of Expression.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 435
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8763

From John Murray   23 September [1873]

Summary

Sends CD an account that has the novelty of having a balance against CD.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 436
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9064

From John Murray   25 September [1873]

Summary

Acknowledges CD’s cheque.

Sends CD cheque for profits on Orchids and a statement of stock on hand of CD’s works [missing].

Origin and Expression sales are stagnant.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 437, DAR 210.11: 1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9071

From John Murray   29 July [1874]

Summary

Orchids is at last sold out. Settles account.

The Origin [6th ed.] is making good [sales] progress.

Expression is not selling.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 July [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.11: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9574

From John Murray   12 August 1874

Summary

Acknowledges CD’s complaint against a paper [by St George Mivart] in the last Quarterly Review [see 9568]. Agrees to print George Darwin’s answer [see 9596].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Aug 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41914 p. 203)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9599A

From John Murray   3 November 1874

Summary

Statement of stock on hand of CD’s works.

Expression, curiously, at a dead stand-still.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 441
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9707

From John Murray   17 February [1875]

Summary

JM expresses his willingness to publish a new edition of Variation whenever CD revises it.

Descent [2d ed.] has not sold much since the annual sale – 1300 copies altogether.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Feb [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 444
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9861
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