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From Adam Sedgwick to the Geological Society of London   10 July 1837


July 10. 1837


I have read Mr Darwin’s paper On the proofs of recent Elevation on the coast of Chili and decidedly think that it ought to be printed. Also a paper by Mr Caldcleugh on the same subject:1 but I think his version diffuse & unnecessarily expanded; &, if printed at all in the Society’s Transactions, that it ought to appear in condensed form.—2

I am gentlemen | Your faithful servant | A Sedgwick


Caldcleugh 1837.
A note on Sedgwick’s report reads: ‘Mr Darwin’s was withdrawn 15th Nov. 1837 | Mr Caldcleugh’s ordered not to be printed—15 Nov 1837’. No reason appears in the Geological Society records, but CD may have withdrawn the paper from possible publication in the Transactions for the same reason that he later withdrew his paper of 31 May 1837 on coral islands, namely that he did not wish to publish any results of the voyage of the Beagle in advance of FitzRoy’s Narrative (see letter to William Lonsdale, 3 August [1837]). Abstracts of both papers by CD were, however, printed in the Proceedings of the Society (see Collected papers 1: 41–3, 46–9).


Referee’s report on "Elevation on the coast of Chili" [(1838), Collected papers 1: 41–3] and paper by Alexander Caldcleugh on same subject. Recommends printing CD’s in Transactions and shortening Caldcleugh’s. [W. Lonsdale’s note shows CD’s paper withdrawn 15 Nov 1837, Caldcleugh’s ordered not printed 15 Nov 1837.]

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 365,” accessed on 17 January 2017,