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From Ludwik Masłowski to [John Murray?]   25 July 1875

Summary

Has received a confusing set of engravings, with both missing and superfluous illustrations [for Polish translation of Descent].

Author:  Ludwik Masłowski
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  25 July 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 90
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10092

From Louis Grenier to John Murray   22 December 1875

Summary

Encloses a letter to be forwarded to CD [see 10212].

Author:  Louis Grenier
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 Dec 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 474
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10211

From Whitwell Elwin to John Murray   3 May 1859

Summary

Charles Lyell has asked WE to pass his opinions on the MS of Origin to CD via Murray. WE is convinced of the value of CD’s researches but "to put forth the theory without the evidence", as in the MS, "would do grievous injustice to his views". The omission of these facts reduces both the philosophical and popular value of the work, by virtue of its dryness.

Supports Charles Lyell’s suggestion that CD should first publish his observations on pigeons with a theoretical outline, for "[e]very body is interested in pigeons". Such a work would generate wider interest and be better understood. A subsequent, larger book would then be approached with impartiality "not to say favour" by a wider public.

Author:  Whitwell Elwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  3 May 1859
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42197)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2457A

To John Murray   9 April [1862]

Summary

JM is a bold man to print 1500 copies [of Orchids].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 Apr [1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 116–117)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3501

To John Murray   2 May [1862]

Summary

Has returned last page of index [of Orchids]. Hopes JM will reconsider price – 10s seems high. Suggests two reviewers likely to be favourable. Sends list for presentation copies.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 May [1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 118–119)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3531

To John Murray   13 June [1862]

Summary

CD orders electrotypes for German edition of Orchids.

Asa Gray doubts an American publication is possible but will review it in Sillimans Journal.

[British] botanists have praised it. Other reviews.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  13 June [1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 120–122)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3602

To John Murray   18 [June 1862]

Summary

Superb, but exaggerated, review [of Orchids, by M. J. Berkeley] in London Review [& wkly J. Polit. 4 (1862): 553–4]. Asa Gray thinks almost as highly. "I have not been a fool, as I thought I was, to publish." The Athenæum review will hinder sales greatly.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  18 [June 1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 123)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3609

To John Murray   20 [June 1862]

Summary

It is not certain cuts are wanted by an American publisher [of Orchids].

Has fixed price of £10 for Schweizerbart [Stuttgart publisher].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  20 [June 1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 124)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3615

From John Murray   [1 July – 23 August 1862]

Summary

Account of Orchids.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [1 July – 23 Aug 1862]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 525
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3635F

To John Murray   24 August [1862]

Summary

CD is well content with sale of 768 copies [of Orchids]. Hopes and expects remainder will ultimately be sold.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  24 Aug [1862]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 125–126)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3699

To John Murray   7 October [1862?]

Summary

Reports misprint in announcement of his book [Orchids].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  7 Oct [1862?]
Classmark:  Christie’s (dealers) (27 March 1985)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3753A

To John Murray   22 January [1863]

Summary

Asks that a copy of Origin be sent to Thomas Rivers.

Curious about sale of Orchids. It is too stiff for the public. "If praise from Botanists would sell, it would go off well."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 Jan [1863]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 127)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3936

To John Murray   31 March [1865]

Summary

Has made progress [on Variation]. Hopes it will go to press in the autumn. Lists his needs for cuts to be made – altogether 50.

Supposes Origin has ceased selling. Would be sorry to have labour of another edition. A new French edition is wanted.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  31 Mar [1865]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 131–135)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4801

To John Murray   14 April [1865]

Summary

Thanks for advertisement, and pleased Murray likes title (of Variation).

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  14 Apr [1865]
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) (2005, item 20910)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4813F

To John Murray   2 June [1865]

Summary

There is no chance of publication [of Variation] by autumn, because of CD’s illness.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  2 June [1865]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 f. 130)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4850

From John Murray   21 February [1866]

Summary

Informs CD third edition of Origin is exhausted. Proposes a new edition. Has CD any changes? Since demand is slowing up, proposes printing only 1250 copies and deferring payment of CD’s share until sales have repaid manufacturing costs.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 333
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5014

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

DCP-LETT-5017A

Summary

Undertakes to pay two-thirds of profits of the [fourth] edition of Origin as soon as one-half of the copies are sold.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5017A

From John Murray   25 May [1866]

Summary

Printing [of 4th edition of Origin] nearly complete. Will print 1000 copies which, at present rate of sale, may last three to five years.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  25 May [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 334
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5099

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
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