To Andrew Murray 10 April 1
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”.1 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.—2 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
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.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3503,” accessed on 13 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3503