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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

From John Murray   18 September [1869]

Summary

JM is about to start a new monthly literary review [the Academy]. Would like to publish in first number a short notice of the new work upon which CD is engaged [Descent].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Sept [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 371
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6897

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

From John Murray   8 November [1869]

Summary

JM advises CD regarding his relations with Masson, the French publisher of the Origin [1866], and the possibility of Reinwald’s publishing a translation of the 5th edition.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Nov [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 373
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6978

From John Murray   17 November 1869

Summary

JM reports sales of Facts and arguments for Darwin, Variation, and Origin [5th ed.].

Sends best wishes for success in putting down "Parisian blasphemers".

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Nov 1869
Classmark:  DAR 171: 374
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6992

From James Leask Sinclair to John Murray   22 December 1869

Summary

Encloses memorandum for CD concerning JLS’s career and the development of his transformist views.

Author:  James Leask Sinclair
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  22 Dec 1869
Classmark:  DAR 177: 172
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7031

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

From John Murray   30 May [1866]

Summary

On reflection, in view of the extensive additions CD has made to Origin, has decided to print 1500 copies [of 4th ed.].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 May [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 335
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5105

To John Murray   15 July [1866]

Summary

4th edition of Origin will soon be bound. Suggests sending copies to scientific periodicals that might notice it. Hopes JM will specify in advertisements that the work is corrected and enlarged. Hopes pages will be cut. Only insanity accounts for this not being done in England.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  15 July [1866]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms.42152 ff. 145–146)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5155

From John Murray   18 July [1866]

Summary

Proposes to delay issue [of 4th ed. of Origin] until November to obtain better market conditions. Now printing 1250 copies.

Explains practice of not cutting pages is due to propensity of English public to read books without buying them.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 July [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 336
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5161
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