From Charles Lyell [9 April 1843]
My dear Darwin
I spoke separately yesterday to Warburton, Fitton & Greenough1 before they entered into Committee on the affairs of the Nation or G.S. as to a Government Grant for publication & said all you had suggested—2 The idea was new & struck them as leaving us more independent than any other scheme— So your coming up to town you see has done some good—
I shall read a paper on erect N. Scotia trees next meeting— 3
Capt Halstead RN—has returned from surveying Ramree & islands & coast ceded by Burmese—4 He tells me the shores are rising everywhere5 —oyster beds of recent species corals & old beaches inland & the same all along the E. side of Bay of Bengall where mud volcanos—for several 100 miles all the way he believes from Sumatra to Barren Isld —6
〈half page of text missing 〉 making— So now I am unpacking all my U.S. silurian carbonifs Devonian &c— Phillips7 looked over 8 drawers of beds below coal in Pensylva— the result as usual the species different but a complete representation of forms in correspondg formations
Spoke to Henry Warburton, W. H. Fitton, and E. B. Greenough on CD’s idea of a Government grant for publication [not identified].
Will read at next meeting his paper on erect Nova Scotia fossil trees [Proc. Geol. Soc. Lond. 4 (1843–5): 176–8].
E. P. Halstead reports on shores rising off Burma and Bay of Bengal.
Unpacking his U. S. fossils.
Phillips looked at beds below coal in Pennsylvania. Result is the usual different species found but with complete representation of forms.
- geological time, epochs
- imperfection of geological record
- representative species
- species, speciation
- specimens / samples
- subsidence and elevation
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 670,” accessed on 29 April 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-670