Requests HM's article in the Witness [24 Feb 1855; see HM, "On the late severe frost", Proc. R. Phys. Soc. Edinburgh 1 (1854–8): 10–14], on the effects of frost on shells. CD expresses admiration for the two works by HM he has read.
Down Farnborough Kent
I hope that you will excuse the liberty I take in troubling you; but I heard lately at
the British Museum, from D
It may be presumptuous, but I cannot resist, expressing the very great pleasure I owe to you, from the perusal of the two of your works, which I have as yet read.
With much respect | I remain | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
- f1 1657.f1William Baird and Adam White were both employed in the zoological department of the British Museum.
- f2 1657.f2The article ‘On the late severe frost’ was published in the Witness, a liberal, pro-Free Church newspaper edited by Miller, on 24 February 1855.
- f3 1657.f3CD had read Miller's Old Red Sandstone (Miller 1841) in June 1842, First impressions of England and its people (Miller 1847) in October 1847, and Footprints of the Creator (Miller 1849) in November 1849 (Correspondence vol. 4, Appendix IV, 119: 12a, 20a, 22a).