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Letter 2779

Darwin, C. R. to Murchison, R. I.

1 May [1860]

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    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

May 1

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 & pal├Žontologist going one inch with me as more important than a naturalist going two or three inches

Pray believe me | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin

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    The year is given by the reference to Alexandr Andreevich Keyserling (see n. 2, below).
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    CD 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 [1859]). 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 [1860].
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