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To R. I. Murchison   24 [June 1858]1

Down Bromley Kent


My dear Sir Roderick

I am extremely sorry that you shd. have had so much trouble about my signature.2 But I am sure you will at once excuse me, when you hear that I have had one of my children dangerously ill with Diptheria, & another now sickening with much fever.—3

In Haste | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin


Dated by the relationship to the letter to RI. Murchison, 19 June [1858], and by CD’s reference to the ill-health of his children.
CD refers to Murchison’s petition to keep the natural history collections of the British Museum on the same site as the library and other collections (see letter to RI. Murchison, 19 June [1858]). The petition is transcribed in Appendix VI.
See the letters to J. D. Hooker, 23 [June 1858], and to W. D. Fox, 24 June [1858].


Extremely sorry for trouble he has given about his signature.

One child dangerously ill with diphtheria, another with much fever.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st baronet
Sent from
Source of text
Wellcome Collection (MS.5220/149)
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2292,” accessed on 4 October 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7