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 8 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1657