To Hugh Miller 29 March 
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 Dr Baird & Mr A. White1 (who said that I might use their names as an introduction) that you had published a very curious paper in the Witness on the effects of the frost on certain shells;2 & I am anxious to see this. They could not tell me at all the date of the Witness, & I now write to ask whether you will take the trouble to inform me, that I may order the copy.
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.3
With much respect | I remain | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
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.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1657,” accessed on 29 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1657