To John Forbes Royle [24 May 1838]
I heard the other day you were going to give a lecture somewhere on the geography of plants with relation to the Himalayah.1 Will you have the kindness to oblige me by sending me one line to tell me the where and the when, as I should very much like, in case my information is correct, to hear it. Excuse me troubling you.
You ought to have been at Geolog. Soc. last night. We had a grand battle between Sedgwick2 and Greenough,3 the former most eloquent, the latter most obstinate but most good-humoured.
Yours most truly | Chas. Darwin
Thursday Morng 36 Grt. Marlbro’ St.
Would like to attend a lecture by JFR on "geography of plants with relation to the Himalayas".
"A grand battle" at the Geological Society between Sedgwick and G. B. Greenough.
- geographical distribution
- scientific controversy, confrontation
- theory (including philosophy)
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 415,” accessed on 21 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-415