Mentions preparing geological notes for press. Asks whether WHM still has some geological specimens he had examined for CD.
Urges WHM to attend important meeting of Geological Society on 3 December.
Sunday Dear Miller
After an interval of two or three years I am finally preparing for press some of my geological notes— I find in them some blanks, where I intended to introduce the name or some remarks on a few of the more interesting specimens, which you were so kind as to undertake to examine.— I have looked over a heap returned from you with their names &c &c, but it appears to me, that there must be some still, in your possession & these are the ones which now cause hiatus's in my fair M.S. Will you add to your former kindness by finding out for me soon, whether you still have not some specimens & further by endeavouring to give me some information, on them.
In my note book I find opposite 378 (yellow,) “a
prism of 79
I shall be very much obliged if you can let me have answer soon. — My long ill-health has put all my schemes out but I hope now slowly to make up arrears. I have left London & bought this place & I find the change very agreeable.—
All men, who feel interested in the welfare of the Geological Society, ought if
they possibly can to attend the Special general meeting on December
Ever Yours, C. Darwin
- f1 651.f1CD had begun working on Volcanic islands on 14 October (‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 2, Appendix II).
- f2 651.f2See letter from J. S. Henslow, [5 November 1837 – March 1838] and letter to J. S. Henslow, [26 March 1838], nn. 3 and 4.
- f3 651.f3Presumably St Paul Rocks. CD collected the specimen numbers 240 and 246 on that island (DAR 32: 37). However, the ‘beastly rocks’ remained a mystery (Volcanic islands, pp. 32–3).
- f4 651.f4At a Special General Meeting of the Geological Society, held 2 December 1842, the membership voted to approve the action of the Council in rejecting the application of Edward Charlesworth for the position of Curator. At a second Special General Meeting on 14 December, Edward Forbes was elected to the post. CD was present at both meetings, but Miller was absent. See letter to Charles Lyell, [5 and 7 October 1842], n. 3; a letter from L. L. Belinfante to A. C. Seward, 26 July 1901 (DAR 112: 3–4), confirms the dates of the meetings.