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To Andrew Murray   28 April [1860]

Summary

Has read MS of AM’s review [of Origin, read at Edinburgh Royal Society, 20 Feb 1860]; has no complaints. Has never heard of a hostile reviewer’s doing so kind and generous an action [as sending his MS for CD’s criticism?]. Sends some remarks on details.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Date:  28 Apr [1860]
Classmark:  Dartmouth College Library (MSS 000566), and R. D. Pyrah (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2772

To Andrew Murray   28 [April 1860]

Summary

In his former note CD omitted to criticise AM’s explanation that the function of hybridisation is to prevent extinction should the males of a rare species die out.

Disputes that "Oken, Lamarck & Co throw some light on Classification, Embryology & Rudimentary organs". In the case of embryology there must be introduced the principle of variations not supervening at a very early age and being inherited at corresponding ages. In classification descent alone will not do; it must be combined with the principle of divergence of character and descent from dominant and increasing forms.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Date:  28 [Apr 1860]
Classmark:  R. D. Pyrah
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2773

From Andrew Murray   3 May 1860

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Responds to CD’s comments on his review of the Origin. Regrets lack of space often causes him to do injustice to CD and to himself. Agrees to alter some of his statements

and offers some evidence for his opinions on plant hybridising.

Sends references to papers mentioning cave insects. Paussi are not blind, as CD thinks, though some other insects that live in ants’ nests are. Each country over the world has its peculiar species of Paussi, though they all live in ants’ nests. "Physical condition I say – Natural Selection you say".

Author:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 May 1860
Classmark:  DAR 47: 153–153a
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2780

To Andrew Murray   5 May [1860]

Summary

Thanks for AM’s kindness.

CD did not understand him about "prepotency".

With respect to cave animals CD believes that on reflection AM will admit "that on creation doctrine, there has been surprising diversity for such similar habitation".

Has heard from A. von Keyserling who "makes no difficulty about imperfection of Geological Record".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Date:  5 May [1860]
Classmark:  R. D. Pyrah
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2784

To Andrew Murray   23 February [1861]

Summary

Sends pamphlet by Asa Gray [Natural selection not inconsistent with natural theology (1861)]. Hopes AM may get it noticed in any natural history periodical in Edinburgh.

Will send AM a corrected [3d] edition of Origin. AM will find little alteration in the parts he attacked, which, to the best of CD’s judgment, did not seem to require correction. Assures AM that he does not send his new edition out of bravado.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Date:  23 Feb [1861]
Classmark:  R. D. Pyrah
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3068

From Andrew Murray   3 March 1861

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Will be pleased to review Asa Gray’s pamphlet [see 3068].

Is not surprised that blind cave insects are sometimes found in other dark places.

Author:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Mar 1861
Classmark:  DAR 47: 154–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3077

To Andrew Murray   3 March [1861]

Summary

Thanks AM for his note. [Asa Gray’s] pamphlet was meant for AM if he thinks it worth accepting.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Date:  3 Mar [1861]
Classmark:  R. D. Pyrah
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3079

To Andrew Murray   10 April [1862]

Summary

Did CD lend AM a pamphlet on cave insects by S. Scudder ["On the genus Raphidophora", Proc. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist. 8 (1861–2): 6–14]? CD much wants it and remembers lending it to someone.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Date:  10 Apr [1862]
Classmark:  R. D. Pyrah
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3503

From Andrew Murray   12 April 1862

Summary

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

Author:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Apr 1862
Classmark:  DAR 171.2: 325
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3505

From Andrew Murray   15 February 1864

Summary

A regular column is to appear in the Proceedings of the Royal Horticultural Society on successful and failed interspecific crosses.

Author:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Feb 1864
Classmark:  DAR 171: 326
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4407

From Andrew Murray   31 October 1864

Summary

Proposes to work on geographical distribution before leaving the Society.

Author:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Oct 1864
Classmark:  DAR 171: 327
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4648

To Andrew Murray   2 November [1864]

Summary

Wishes AM success in undertaking his work on geographical distribution [The geographical distribution of mammals (1866)]. CD has no suggestions to make as he has not recently attended to the subject.

He is still weak after his long illness and supposes he will ever remain so.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Date:  2 Nov [1864]
Classmark:  R. D. Pyrah (private collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4649

From Andrew Murray   12 August 1867

Summary

He is planning a new journal to replace Natural History Review. Unlike the old one, it would be confined to reviews and would include an index of works on travel.

Author:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Aug 1867
Classmark:  DAR 171: 328
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5604

From Andrew Murray   16 September 1867

Summary

AM discusses his new journal [J. Travel & Nat. Hist.] of which general opinion seems to be favourable. Has room for the occasional contributor, if CD knows of any.

Author:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Sept 1867
Classmark:  DAR 171: 329
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5629

From Andrew Murray   13 December 1867

Summary

Will return Federico Delpino’s two pamphlets soon.

Author:  Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Dec 1867
Classmark:  DAR 171: 330
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5728
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