Title: Travel permit for Russia

Description: Travel permit, issued by Tsar Nicholas I, to Roderick Murchison, allowing him to travel in Russia.

Murchison, was elected to the Society on 3 December 1824, was a Scottish geologist who famously travelled in Russia between 1840 and 1845 to study its Palaeozoic rocks. His studies in Russia resulted in his defining a third geological system – the Permian, named after Perm – to add to the two he had already classified – the Silurian and the Devonian.

The results of his fieldtrips were published as: Murchison, R I, ‘The geology of Russia in Europe and the Ural Mountains’, London: John Murray (1845).

Date: 6 August 1845

Format: Printed paper

Archive reference: LDGSL/866

Image reference: 09-30

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