Letter of Rev. Whitwell Elwin to John Murray, 3 May 1859

Before publishing Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species', Murray sought the opinion of his trusted literary adviser Elwin. He advised against publishing the work and suggested that Darwin write a book about pigeons instead.

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best stimulus to the prosecution of his
subsequent work. I should hope if he
inclines to this view that the preparatory
volume could soon be got ready for the
press.

Believe me

sincerely

Whitwell Elwin


I have not quoted Mr. Darwin's published
work by its exact title. In fact the title
has been changed, & I never now know either
perfectly.