Letter of Charles Darwin to John Murray, 2 April 1859

Murray had agreed generous terms with Darwin to publish 'On the Origin of Species'. However, Darwin informed Murray that he would understand if Murray wanted to remove his offer after he had read the manuscript.


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hearty wishes that you may not have difficulties
in w if published & you may believe

My dear Sir

yours very sincerely

C. Darwin

P.S I may as well mention that I
shall require one diagram, engraved
on copper, one sheet to fold out, but it consists out of
likes, & letters & figures, & ct
be it all of f to .

I would add that it is un
for you or anyone to judge the real
merit of my Book, without reading the
whole, & the whole is one