RECORD: Butler, Samuel. 1917. [Recollection of Darwin] In Henry Festing Jones ed. The Note-Books of Samuel Butler. New York: Dutton, p. 161.

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by John van Wyhe 10.2010. RN1

NOTE: This recollection is reprinted in Thomas Glick, What about Darwin? Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University press 2010.

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I remember when I was at Down we were talking of what it is that sells a book. Mr. Darwin said he did not believe it was reviews or advertisements, but simply "being talked about" that sold a book.

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