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Darwin Correspondence Project

To James Murie   2 April 1872

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

April 2nd. 1872

My dear Sir,

I have much pleasure in expressing my high estimation of your great knowledge, as shewn by your various publications, of the comparative anatomy of all the higher animals. I cannot speak with respect to your knowledge of physiology, but as an intimate acquaintance with Structure in all its details is of such manifest importance in this respect, and as you have proved your accurate powers of observation, I cannot doubt that you would be well fitted for the Chair of General & Comparative Physiology of the Royal Veterinary College; and I hope that you may be successful in obtaining it.1

Believe me my dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin

To | Dr. Murie


See letter from James Murie, 31 March 1872. Murie evidently did not succeed in his application. He was medical officer at the Bethnal House Lunatic Asylum, Cambridge Road, London, from 1871 to 1874 (Medical directory).


Medical directory: The London medical directory … every physician, surgeon, and general practitioner resident in London. London: C. Mitchell. 1845. The London and provincial medical directory. London: John Churchill. 1848–60. The London & provincial medical directory, inclusive of the medical directory for Scotland, and the medical directory for Ireland, and general medical register. London: John Churchill. 1861–9. The medical directory … including the London and provincial medical directory, the medical directory for Scotland, the medical directory for Ireland. London: J. & A. Churchill. 1870–1905.


Testimonial letter. JM would be well fitted for the Chair of General and Comparative Physiology of the Royal Veterinary College.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
James Murie
Sent from
Source of text
Linnean Society (Murie Papers 281)
Physical description
2pp & AdraftS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8267,” accessed on 12 July 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20