Offers to send parts of J. Syme, English botany [1863–86] in appreciation of CD's aid.
Comments on CD's species theory.
Will exhibit Cambrian fossil at next meeting of Geological Society.
8 Bolton Road | S
You really must let me send you something in return for your valued aid—which I hope I shall never require again. A death in our family deeply regretted, has had this effect, that it just clears me from vexing liabilities & enables me to work with quiet mind.
I did apply to the Royal Soc
Let me send you the Supp
It will cost me nothing—so I shall send it. I believe few works on Botany can boast better plates—and if I can only get the means I will finish it, please God, before another two years are out.
I am obliged to write: for we never see you at the Geol.
There is a glut of papers on Wednesday & I shall exhibit the oldest certain fossil known—a Lingula from the red Cambrian rocks.
Eozoon is very mythical indeed. Rupert Jones says it will pass next into the superstitious stage, & then the positive— But I am all but positive it is mineral only, & have held that from the first—no proof you will say that the opinion is just.
Yours ever truly, & obliged | J. W. Salter
C. Darwin Esq
- f1 5571.f1Salter had applied to CD for financial assistance in May (see letter from J. W. Salter, 14 May 1867 and n. 1).
- f2 5571.f2No letter from CD to Salter has been found, but CD had evidently advised him to apply to the Royal Society of London for help; the society administered a scientific relief fund for the aid of `scientific men, or their families' (Record of the Royal Society of London, p. 111).
- f3 5571.f3Salter refers to the Supplement to the English botany of the late Sir J. E. Smith and Mr. Sowerby (W. J. Hooker, Sowerby [et al.] 1831--63), of which he was the proprietor. See letter from J. W. Salter, 14 May 1867 and nn. 3 and 5.
- f4 5571.f4Salter refers to the Geological Society of London, Thomas Henry Huxley, John Phillips, and Charles Lyell.
- f5 5571.f5Salter gave two papers at the 19 June meeting of the Geological Society: `On some tracks of Pteraspis (?) in the Upper Ludlow Sandstone', and, jointly with Henry Hicks, `On a new Lingulella from the Red Lower Cambrian rocks of St. Davids' (see Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London 23 (1867): 333--41).
- f6 5571.f6CD had evidently asked Salter's opinion of Eozoon canadense. See letter from J. V. Carus, 11 February 1867, n. 5. Salter presumably refers to Thomas Rupert Jones, a fellow member of the Geological Society, who was alluding to Auguste Comte's three stages of thought: the theological, the metaphysical, and the positive.