Invites BS to visit Down. Advises him to call on Daniel Sharpe. Suggests he see the work of the Ordnance Survey in Wales.
Offers to lend him Murchison's The Silurian system [3 vols. (1839)].
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Sir
I have just received your note & heard with pleasure of your arrival in
London.—. I suppose you received my letter addressed to Berne, in answer to yours, informing me of your intended visit to
England. If you can spare the time, I should feel very great pleasure &
honour in seeing you here at my house; if you cannot come here, & will be in
town & at home on Monday morning, I will joyfully come up for the pleasure of
making your acquaintance.— If you will favour me with a visit here, I will
send my carriage to meet you half way. You would probably be glad to have your morning
in London, & in that case if you will start by the Croydon Railway from London
Bridge at 3
Will you be so kind as to write me a note on Saturday morning, which I shall get on Sunday & will either come up myself, (if you remain in town) or gladly send my phaeton to meet you at Croydon. The distance is too great for you to come here & return the same day.—
You will have received incomparably better advice & assistance from
I am well aware how little use I can be of, but if you can suggest anything, I shall be much pleased.— Have you Murchis<on's> Silurian System? if not, would you like to borrow from me the maps, they would perhaps be useful to you, in travelling.—
With much respect | Believe me | dear Sir | Yours very
faithfully | C. Darwin
To | Prof. B. Studer | &c &c &c
- f1 1107.f1Letter to Bernard Studer, 4 July .
- f2 1107.f2CD refers to the Geological Survey of Great Britain rather than to the Ordnance Survey. The Geological Survey was at this time working in Wales (Geikie 1895); the Ordnance Survey had completed its maps of the area by 1846 (Seymour ed. 1980, p. 115).
- f3 1107.f3Henry Thomas De la Beche, director-general of the Geological Survey since 1835.
- f4 1107.f4Murchison 1839. CD's copy, including the maps, is in the Darwin Library–CUL.