Has been invited to contribute geological instructions [to J. F. W. Herschel, ed., Manual of scientific enquiry (1849); Collected papers 1: 227–50]. Asks RO whether remarks on coral reefs appertain to geology rather than zoology.
Looks forward to visit by Owens.
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Owen
To my great dismay, there arrived this morning a request from
I so hope that you & M
We shall dine at 7 oclock on Saturday & your best plan of coming here
will be to start by the Croydon Railway from London Bridge (do not be too late for the
Train) at 4
Ever yours | C. Darwin
P.S. | I have just received your note with sincere grief.— You
need not leave the College on till
If you decide to return me the Coral M.S. please send it pretty soon.—
- f1 1150.f1The date is based on the letters of the same date to John Frederick William Herschel and Andrew Crombie Ramsay.
- f2 1150.f2George Eden, Earl of Auckland and first lord of the Admiralty, asked Herschel to edit the proposed Manual of scientific enquiry (Herschel ed. 1849). See Buttmann 1970, p. 166.
- f3 1150.f3See letter to J. F. W. Herschel, 4 February 1848, n. 1.
- f4 1150.f4Owen agreed with CD. Coral reefs are discussed in CD's chapter on geology in the Manual (Herschel ed. 1849, pp. 155–6; Collected papers 1: 227–50). Owen dealt only with the living coral polyps. For the structure of coral formations he referred the reader to CD's Coral reefs and, for instructions on observing the reefs, to CD's chapter on geology (Herschel ed. 1849, p. 349).
- f5 1150.f5Apparently Owen was able to make a visit to Down (see letter to A. C. Ramsay, 4 February , n. 2).