Did CD lend AM a pamphlet on cave insects by S. Scudder ["On the genus Raphidophora", Proc. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist. 8 (1861–2): 6–14]? CD much wants it and remembers lending it to someone.
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
Pray excuse me for writing to you on a wild-goose chase. About a year ago I received from author a pamphlet ``Scudder on blind cave-insects of N. America''. I much want it, & resember lending it to some one. I have no reason to suppose that I lent it to you, excepting that you are the most likely man, for caring about the subject.— Will reflect for a moment & if by any extraordinary piece of good fortune, you have it return it to me.—
If I do not hear, I will understand that I did not lend it to you.—
Pray excuse me & believe me yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
- f1 3503.f1The year is established by the relationship to the letter from Andrew Murray, 12 April 1862.
- f2 3503.f2Scudder 1861. There is an annotated copy of this article in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection--CUL.
- f3 3503.f3CD and Murray had corresponded at length about whether CD's theory of natural selection could adequately account for the existence of blind cave insects (see Correspondence vol. 8).