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To Charles Lyell   29 [November 1859]



My dear Lyell.—

I send Sedgwick’s letter: it is terribly muddled & really the first page seems almost childish.—1 I am sadly overworked—so will not write to you— I have worked in a number of your invaluable corrections—indeed all as far as time permits.

I infer from letter from Huxley that Ramsay is a convert & I am extremely glad to get pure geologists, as they will be very few.2 Many thanks for your very pleasant note. What pleasure you have given me. I believe I shd have been miserable had it not been for you & a few others—for I hear of threatening of attacks, which I dare say will be severe enough.— But I am sure I can now bear them.

Yours gratefully C. D.

About rattle-snake I meant to have added, suppose the bead at end of tail of Trigonocephalus not to be moulted at each exuviation & to grow bigger with each new skin.—3


Letter from Adam Sedgwick, 24 November 1859.
The letter from Thomas Henry Huxley has not been found, but see letter to T. H. Huxley,27 November [1859].


Encloses letter from Adam Sedgwick [2548].

Mentions conversion of A. C. Ramsay.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Lyell (1st baronet)
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American Philosophical Society (180)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2560,” accessed on 23 March 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 7