To Charles Lyell [November–December 1842]
My dear Lyell
I have just taken down the controversial pamphlet of Charlsworth1 & I see his solicitor is Mr Richardson & Talbot of Bedford Row, therefore no doubt the same man, who wrote that absurd letter to last Council, stating that he should propose so & so.2 Now as Charlsworth talked of legal proceedings, is it not probable that this letter has been deliberately written somehow to intrap the Council? Had it not better be carefully read over,— I think it was only hastily read aloud & voted absurd. & not even ordered to be acknowledged. I would have written direct to Murchison, but it may be foolish caution on my part, if you think otherwise, you can inform Murchison or forward this note.— We shall certainly have this attorney on his legs next Wednesday. or when special general meeting is called
Ever yours | C Darwin
Believes "absurd letter" hastily read at last Geological Society Council meeting was from Charlesworth’s solicitor. Suggests that it may have been sent to entrap the Council and that it should be read over carefully.