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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


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 Darwin’s was withdrawn 15th Nov. 1837 | Mr.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 No reason appears in the Geological Society records, but CD may have withdrawn the paper from possible publication in the Transactions for the same reason that he later withdrew his paper of 31 May 1837 on coral islands, namely that he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).


Caldcleugh, Alexander. 1837. Some observations on the elevation of the strata on the coast of Chile. [Read 4 January 1837.] Proceedings of the Geological Society of London 2 (1833–8): 444–6.

Collected papers: The collected papers of Charles Darwin. Edited by Paul H. Barrett. 2 vols. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. 1977.

Narrative: Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty’s ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836. [Edited by Robert FitzRoy.] 3 vols. and appendix. London: Henry Colburn. 1839.


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 Recommends printing CD’s in Transactions and shortening Caldcleugh’s. [W. Lonsdale’s note shows CD’s paper withdrawn 15 Nov 1837, Caldcleugh’s ordered not printed 15 Nov 1837.]

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Adam Sedgwick
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 365,” accessed on 1 December 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2