Recommends Leonard Horner's "Account of some recent researches near Cairo" for publication in Philosophical Transactions [R. Soc. Lond. 148 (1858): 53–9]. Believes all the details and sections should be published in full because of importance of investigations leading to the conclusion that man has existed in Egypt for over 13000 years.
Down Bromley Kent
Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin
To the Sec
- f1 2244.f1George Gabriel Stokes and William Sharpey were the secretaries of the Royal Society in 1858.
- f2 2244.f2This was the second part (Horner 1858) of Leonard Horner's paper on the alluvial deposits of the Nile basin. The first part (Horner 1855) had also been published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, after being refereed by CD (see Correspondence vol. 5, letter to Leonard Horner, 18 [March 1855], and letter to the Royal Society, 19 March 1855).
- f3 2244.f3During the excavations, Horner had found a fragment of pottery at a depth of 39 feet. Assuming a rate of deposition of 3
inches of sediment per century, Horner calculated that man had lived in the Nile basin since 11,517 B.C. Horner's conclusions were later invalidated by the discovery of a Roman tile beneath the pottery shards (see Tristram 1860). 1 2