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Darwin Correspondence Project

From R. F. Cooke   25 November 1872

50A, Albemarle Street, London, W.

Nov 25 1872

My dear Sir

We must publish yr work tomorrow & have only 4000 instead of 7000 to do so.1

The Trade & public will be dissatisfied, but we must defy them & it may be advisable to get 6 Policemen to defend this house.

Yours faithfully | Robt. Cooke

C. Darwin Esq


The publication of Expression was limited by the number of heliotype plates available (see letter from R. F. Cooke, 20 November 1872).


Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.


Murray’s must publish [Expression] tomorrow with only 4000 copies, because plates for 3000 additional copies have not yet been delivered. The trade and public will be dissatisfied. It may be advisable to get police to defend the house.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Albemarle St, 50a
Source of text
DAR 171: 432
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8646,” accessed on 17 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20