To W. C. Redfield [22 December 1840]
I have been prevented by long continued illness from not having many months since sent you my sincere thanks for your most valuable pamphlets on meter-eology1 (which, however, I do not feel worthy to receive from the little attention I have paid to that great branch of science), and the Geological Reports2 some of which I have been able to peruse & have been much interested by them.
As I am yet far from recovered I beg you will excuse the lateness & briefness of this letter & believe me dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Charles Darwin
Postscript | With respect to the late discussions on the rotatory action of whirlwinds, I will just mention a trifling observation I noticed in Bruce’s travels,3 where he describes the sublime appearances, presented by the great whirling columns of sand, on his return home across the Nubian desert.— He especially says that the whirling movement had left traces or concentric furrows (?) on the pointed conical hillocks of sand, with which the plain in parts were scattered.— These hillocks having been left, when the columnar mass of sand broke.— I quote only from memory.—
P.S. 2d As I have mislaid your letter, I am compelled to direct this to the care of Prof. Silliman, who, I daresay, will excuse the liberty.—
Illness has long delayed CD’s thanks for WCR’s meteorological pamphlets and geological reports. Mentions a reference to whirlwinds leaving rotary patterns in desert sand.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Redfield, W. C.
- Sent from
- Athenaeum Club
- Source of text
- Yale University: Beinicke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Letters to William C. Redfield vol. 2 Scientific 1831-41(z117 00151 2) pp. 335–8)
- Physical description
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 585,” accessed on 24 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-585