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From Andrew Murray   12 April 1862

Royal Horticultural Society, | South Kensington, W.

12 April 1862

My dear Sir

No! I am not the guilty person.—1

Since I came here, there has been such a multitude of things passing incessantly thro’ my mind, that I should speak less positively were it not for one Circumstance & that is that I never heard of Mr Scudders pamphlet before.— I could not have forgot the Existence of a work upon a subject on which I was interested, particularly if I had borrowed it from you—

No! you must throw your net again into the world & see if you cannot fish out the right man—

I have been promised & I believe it is on the way, a specimen of the representative of our Aepus which lives under shale between low & high water in Australia— I think that should interest us both2

Yours Ever Sincerely | Andw. Murray


CD was trying to locate a pamphlet (Scudder 1861) that he thought Murray might have borrowed from him (see letter to Andrew Murray, 10 April [1862]).
Aepus is a beetle found on the seashore towards mid-tide level; when covered by the sea at high tide, it probably survives in air pockets within cracks in rocks (G. Evans 1975, p. 106).


Evans, Glyn. 1975. The life of beetles. London: George Allen & Unwin.

Scudder, Samuel Hubbard. 1861. On the genus Raphidophora, Serville; with descriptions of four species from the caves of Kentucky, and from the Pacific coast. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History 8 (1861–2): 6–14.


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

Letter details

Letter no.
Andrew Dickson (Andrew) Murray
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
R. Hortic. Soc.
Source of text
DAR 171.2: 325
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3505,” accessed on 28 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10