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Darwin Correspondence Project

From Andrew Murray   12 April 1862

Royal Horticultural Society, | South Kensington, W.

12 April 1862

My dear Sir

No! I am not the guilty person.—1

Since I came here, there has been such a multitude of things passing incessantly thro’ my mind, that I should speak less positively were it not for one Circumstance & that is that I never heard of Mr Scudders pamphlet before.— I could not have forgot the Existence of a work upon a subject on which I was interested, particularly if I had borrowed it from you—

No! you must throw your net again into the world & see if you cannot fish out the right man—

I have been promised & I believe it is on the way, a specimen of the representative of our Aepus which lives under shale between low & high water in Australia— I think that should interest us both2

Yours Ever Sincerely | Andw. Murray


CD was trying to locate a pamphlet (Scudder 1861) that he thought Murray might have borrowed from him (see letter to Andrew Murray, 10 April [1862]).
Aepus is a beetle found on the seashore towards mid-tide level; when covered by the sea at high tide, it probably survives in air pockets within cracks in rocks (G. Evans 1975, p. 106).


AM did not borrow a Samuel Scudder pamphlet from CD; in fact he was not aware of its existence.

Letter details

Letter no.
Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
R. Hortic. Soc.
Source of text
DAR 171.2: 325
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3505,” accessed on 24 May 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10