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To O. C. Marsh   25 January [1873]

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Jan. 25th

Dear Sir

I am much obliged to your kindness for having sent me a large supply of your various papers, which I shall be very glad to read, as I do not often see the American Journal of Science.1 I have, however, read with great interest notices in the American Naturalists & other Journals of your several remarkable discoveries. The richness of the western parts of the U. States in fossils seems quite unparalleled.2

With much respect & my best thanks, I remain | Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


No letter from Marsh before this date has been found. There are three papers by Marsh dated before January 1873 and signed by the author in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL: O. C. Marsh 1868, 1872a, and 1872b. The copies of O. C. Marsh 1868 and 1872a are lightly annotated.
Marsh was working in the fossil fields of Colorado, Wyoming, and western Kansas; over his lifetime, he identified and described eighty new forms of dinosaur and thirty-four new genera (ANB). There are lightly annotated pages from the Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia for 1870, containing notes on Marsh’s reports, in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.


Thanks OCM for the papers he has sent.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9829,” accessed on 18 June 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21