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To Roderick Impey Murchison   1 May [1860]1

Down Bromley Kent

May 1

Dear Sir Roderick Murchison

I am much obliged for your kind note & for forwarding to me Count Keyserling’s note2    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


The year is given by the reference to Alexandr Andreevich Keyserling (see n. 2, below).
CD had sent the Russian palaeontologist Keyserling a presentation copy of Origin (see Correspondence vol.8, 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].


Much obliged for note from Alexander von Keyserling. Geologist going one inch with CD more important than naturalist going two or three.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Roderick Impey Murchison (1st baronet)
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 146
Physical description
** 1p & C 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2779,” accessed on 22 June 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 8