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From T. M. Reade   12 January 1877

Summary

TMR’s address ["Geological time" (Presidential Address, 1876), Proc. Liverpool Geol. Soc. 3 (1878): 211–35] not yet published. Will send copy.

Author:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Jan 1877
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (TMR2.D.1.1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10782

To T. M. Reade   9 February 1877

Summary

Comments on TMR’s essay ["Geological time"].

It is monstrous that P. G. Tait should say that earth is less than ten million years old.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Date:  9 Feb 1877
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (TMR1.D.7.2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10836

To T. M. Reade   12 October [1877]

Summary

CD is occupied with vegetable physiology.

Prefers to read MS when published.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Date:  12 Oct [1877]
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (TMR1.D.7.3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11180

From T. M. Reade   18 February 1878

Summary

TMR believes rate of limestone formation is same now as in past.

He expects his address [of 10 Oct 1876] on geological time [Proc. Liverpool Geol. Soc. 3 (1878): 211–35], which contradicts William Thomson’s view of the earth’s age, to appear soon.

Author:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Feb 1878
Classmark:  DAR 176: 29
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11365

To T. M. Reade   20 February [1878]

Summary

Doubtful that great heat would favour development of lower organisms.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Date:  20 Feb [1878]
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (TMR1.D.7.4)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11369

To T. M. Reade   8 April 1878

Summary

It is important that notion of "small antiquity" of the earth be upset.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Date:  8 Apr 1878
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (TMR1.D.7.5)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11465

From T. M. Reade   21 September 1880

Summary

Sends his paper ["Oceans and continents", Geol. Mag. 7 (1880): 385–91].

Thinks John Murray of Edinburgh goes out of his way to deny an elevation/subsidence view of coral reefs ["On the structure and origin of coral reefs and islands", Proc. R. Soc. Edinburgh 10 (1878–80): 505–18].

Author:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Sept 1880
Classmark:  DAR 176: 30
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12720

To T. M. Reade   22 September 1880

Summary

Obliged for paper ["Oceans and continents" (1880)].

Agrees that John Murray’s view [of coral reefs] is far-fetched.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Date:  22 Sept 1880
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (TMR1.D.7.6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12721

From T. M. Reade   7 December 1880

Summary

Recommends letters by William Topley in Geological Magazine. WT discusses past distribution of oceans and continents.

Author:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Dec 1880
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (TMR2.D.1.3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12894

To T. M. Reade   9 December 1880

Summary

Comments on TMR’s "Oceanic islands" [Geol. Mag. 8 (1881): 75–7]. Fact that oceanic islands are all volcanic argues for view that no continent ever occupied the oceans. Chalk seemed best evidence of ocean having existed where continent now stands. CD leans to view that continents have occupied present positions since Cambrian.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Date:  9 Dec 1880
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (TMR1.D.7.7)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12901

From T. M. Reade   10 December 1880

Summary

Argues against volcanic origin of coral islands and for the submergence of continents. Cites Judd’s argument on the volcanoes of the moon.

Author:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Dec 1880
Classmark:  DAR 176: 31
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12903

From T. M. Reade   6 November 1881

Summary

Praise for Earthworms.

Author:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Nov 1881
Classmark:  DAR 176: 32
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13465

To T. M. Reade   8 November 1881

Summary

"Roots often run down worm burrows, but can penetrate the ground without such aid."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Date:  8 Nov 1881
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (TMR1.D.7.8)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13472

From T. M. Reade   21 November 1874

Summary

Sends his paper ["Tidal action as a geological cause", Proc. Liverpool Geol. Soc. 2 (1874): 50–72].

Has not yet studied CD’s list of South American molluscs.

Author:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 176: 28
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9370

From T. M. Reade   7 May 1874

Summary

Studying glacial drift in NW. England, he finds evidence of intense glacial activity, but the molluscan fauna does not appear to indicate a low sea temperature. Requests information on Tierra del Fuego molluscs for comparison.

Author:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 May 1874
Classmark:  DAR 176: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9443

To T. M. Reade   9 May 1874

Summary

Interested in TMR’s investigation of drift. Narrative 1: 545–6 contains catalogue of shells collected. Much struck by marine productions of Tierra del Fuego.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Thomas Mellard Reade
Date:  9 May 1874
Classmark:  University of Liverpool Library (TMR1.D.7.1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9450
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