Asks for details of Smyth's Island discovered by WHS – particularly whether the islets form a ring surrounding a lagoon. [See Coral reefs, p. 158].
12 Upper Gower St
I hope you will excuse the liberty I take in addressing you, after having only once had the pleasure of meeting you.
I am engaged in drawing up an account of the Coral formations of the Pacific &
Indian seas, and I observe it is said in Krusentern's memoir, that you were in
the Cornwallis, when Smyth's Isl
Believe me dear Sir | Yours respectfully | Chas. Darwin
12 Upper Gower S
- f1 530.f1Krusenstern 1835, p. 104, refers to ‘Smith’ Island, now known as Johnston Island, a coral atoll 16
o45'N and 169 o32'W. Smyth served in H.M.S. Cornwallis under C. J. Johnston when the island was discovered in 1807 (Dawson 1885, 1: 53 and Modern English Biography).
- f2 530.f2Smyth informed CD that there were ‘two very low small islands, with a dangerous reef off the east end of them’, but he could not recall if the islands surrounded a lagoon (Coral reefs, p. 158).