Much obliged for note from Alexander von Keyserling. Geologist going one inch with CD more important than naturalist going two or three.
Down Bromley Kent
Dear Sir Roderick Murchison
I am much obliged for your kind note & for forwarding to me Count Keyserling's note I am pleased by it, for I look at any good geologist & palæontologist going one inch with me as more important than a naturalist going two or three inches
Pray believe me | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin
- f1 2779.f1The year is given by the reference to Alexandr Andreevich Keyserling (see n. 2, below).
- f2 2779.f2CD had sent the Russian palaeontologist Keyserling a presentation copy of Origin (see Appendix III and Correspondence vol. 7, letter to T. H. Huxley, 15 October ). Keyserling and Murchison had travelled through Russia together in 1844. For Keyserling's views concerning CD's theory, see the letter to Charles Lyell, 4 May .