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From Roderick Impey Murchison   [1846?]

Dear Charles,

As I am in the neighbourhood of the “Statistical Account” I thought I might as well find Chapter & verse for my parallels. They are p 446 of the vol for Inverness. See also p 507.1

Yours Ever | R. I. M. Wednesday Night.


CD had apparently asked for more detailed information on the Scottish terraces mentioned in Murchison, Verneuil, and Keyserling 1845, 1: 550–1 (see Thackray 1978 for the history of the publication of this work). The new statistical account of Scotland vol. 14 (1845) (Inverness— Ross and Cromarty) refers (p. 446) to parallel roads in the valley of the River Nairn; p. 507 gives an explanation of their formation and refers to CD’s theory of the formation of the roads of Glen Roy.


Thackray, John C. 1978. R. I. Murchison’s Geology of Russia (1845). 421–33.


Gives CD page references [in The new statistical account of Scotland, vol. 14, pp 446, 507] for information regarding parallel roads.

Letter details

Letter no.
Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st baronet
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 171: 319
Physical description
1p †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13830,” accessed on 29 March 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 3