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To William Lonsdale   3 August [1837]

Dear Sir

Not being aware of one of the rules of the Society, I omitted to ask, during the last Council day, permission to withdraw the abstract which I read on my views concerning coral Formations.1 Being engaged in drawing up an account of the Voyage of the Beagle with Capt. FitzRoy, who wishes the principal results to be given, I am now very anxious to make this request to the Council

Dear Sir | Yours very truly | Charles Darwin August 3d. then 36 Grt. Marlbro’ St.—


Read 31 May 1837. A summary was nevertheless published in the Proceedings of the Geological Society 2 (1833–8): 552–4 (Collected papers 1: 46–9). See letter to William Lonsdale, [May? 1837].


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


Asks to withdraw abstract of his paper on coral formations ["Elevation and subsidence in the Pacific" (1838), Collected papers 1: 46–9].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Lonsdale
Sent from
London, Gt Marlborough St, 36
Source of text
Geological Society of London (GSL/L/R/3/123)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 370,” accessed on 31 March 2020,

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