Sends MS of "Geology" for Manual [Collected papers 1: 227–50]. First parcel lost. Asks JFWH to give advice on an unclear note, translated from Élie de Beaumont, on measuring incline of lava-flows.
Down Farnborough Kent.
Dear Sir John Herschel
At last I send you my M.S. I have heard from the Post Office that it could
discover no trace of the lost parcel; I have, therefore, this
time sent it direct to you registered: I sh
I have done my best in these instructions, but I cannot say that I much like them; I
I have added a Heading of the contents, for the chance of such being required.
As I have sometimes been applyed to for geological hints by travellers, I
I sincerely hope that the Influenza has long ere this left you & your family.
Pray believe me dear Sir John Herschel | Yours sincerely |
To | Sir J. Herschel Bart &c
- f1 1173.f1See letter to J. F. W. Herschel, [21 March 1848], in which CD said he had enclosed the manuscript of his chapter on geology for the Admiralty manual (Herschel ed. 1849). It appears that the earlier letter and its enclosure had been lost in the post and were not found until some later time.
- f2 1173.f2Jean Baptiste Armand Lous Léonce élie de Beaumont.
- f3 1173.f3Erasmus Alvey Darwin had previously assisted CD in his calculations of the inclination of lava flows in the valley of the Santa Cruz river (Correspondence vol. 3, letter from E. A. Darwin, [May 1844 – 1 October 1846], n. 1).
- f4 1173.f4The note, translated from élie de Beaumont 1838, 4: 173, was retained in CD's chapter in the Admiralty manual (Collected papers 1: 243 and n. 11).
- f5 1173.f5CD's copy of Herschel ed. 1849 is in the Cambridge University Library.
- f6 1173.f6There had been a severe influenza epidemic in London over the winter months of 1847–8, and mortality rates had been high; the Gentleman's Magazine recorded deaths ranging from 90 to 200 a day over and above the average for the season (n.s. 29, January–June 1848, p. 74).