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To Charles Lyell   20 May 1869

Summary

Cites article by David Forbes dealing with the geology of the S. American Cordillera ["Geology of Bolivia and South Peru", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 17 (1861): 7–62].

Discusses the flexures of the Cordillera, the age of the mountains, and basaltic dikes in granite areas.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  20 May 1869
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.370)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6751

Matches: 3 hits

  • … y rapportent 4th ser. 9: 3–34, 365–540. Forbes, David. 1860. On the geology of Bolivia and …
  • … Cites article by David Forbes dealing with the geology of the S. American Cordillera [" …
  • … of Bolivia and southern Peru’ by David Forbes ( Forbes 1860 ). For Forbes’s references to …

To Charles Lyell   4 December [1860]

Summary

Sale of Origin requires new edition [3d (Apr 1861)].

Further discussion of geological elevation and subsidence in Europe. Compares evidence to that of South America. His theory that semi-fluid matter underlies earth’s crust.

Mentions David Forbes’s explanation of South American nitrate deposits.

Has followed CL’s advice not to reply directly to reviewers.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  4 Dec [1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.236)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3006

Matches: 4 hits

  • … underlies earth’s crust. Mentions David Forbes’s explanation of South American nitrate …
  • … s Magazine 3 (1861): 81–92. Forbes, James David. 1861. On the climate of Edinburgh for …
  • … pp.  69–72. CD may have seen a copy of David Forbes’s paper on the geology of the Andes …
  • … missing portion of the letter from David Forbes, [November? 1860] . Stur 1860. There is an …

To Charles Lyell   25 November [1860]

Summary

Discusses elevation and subsidence of Europe.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  25 Nov [1860]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.235)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2997

Matches: 2 hits

  • … and n.  7. In his paper (D.   Forbes 1861 ), David Forbes did not give a precise figure …
  • … Shorter publications , pp. 32–5. ] Forbes, James David. 1861. On the climate of Edinburgh …

To Charles Lyell   21 April [1856]

Summary

Speculates about cause of inclination in unusual columns of lava. Suggests CL check with William Hopkins about sliding movements in viscid matter.

Comments on CL’s expedition to Madeira.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  21 Apr [1856]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.126)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1855

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Cambridge University Press. 1985–. Forbes, James David. 1845. Travels through the Alps of …
  • … of their work ( Hartung 1864 ). James David Forbes had analysed the physical properties of …

To Charles Lyell   7 February [1866]

Summary

Discussion of Mrs Agassiz’s letter [to Mary Lyell, forwarded to CD] regarding S. American glacial action,

with comments on Bunbury’s letter on temperate plants.

Refers to opinions of Agassiz, David Forbes, Hooker, and CD on glacial period and glaciers.

Wishes he had published a long chapter on glacial period [Natural selection, pp. 535–66] written ten years ago.

Tells of death of his sister, Catherine, and other family matters.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  7 Feb [1866]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.312)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4999

Matches: 3 hits

  • … plants. Refers to opinions of Agassiz, David Forbes, Hooker, and CD on glacial period and …
  • … Correspondence vol.  13, Supplement, letter to David Forbes, 11 December [1860] and n.  8, …
  • … Correspondence vol.  8, letter from David Forbes, [November? 1860] (now redated to [after …

From Charles Lyell   24 November 1860

Summary

CL has calculated that elevation and subsidence of certain formations in Sweden and Norway take place at the rate of 2 1/2 feet per century. He now proposes to estimate the age of a bed by including a conjecture that pauses occur in the oscillations in the ratio of 4 periods of stasis to one of movement. Applying this formula to Scotland, the last subsidence and re-elevation would be 590,000 years and the age of the beds with human implements would be 20,000 years.

Author:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Nov 1860
Classmark:  Kinnordy MS, Charles Lyell’s journal VII, pp. 40–8
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2996A

Matches: 2 hits

  • … University Press. 1910–11. Forbes, James David. 1861. On the climate of Edinburgh for …
  • … of them might date from the Bronze Age. David Forbes, recently returned from a geological …

To Charles Lyell   14 August [1863]

Summary

Congratulates CL on finding Arctic shells.

Comments on paper by E. B. Hunt ["On the origin, growth, substructure and chronology of the Florida reef", Am. J. Sci. 2d ser. 35 (1863): 197–210].

Mentions J. D. Dana’s health.

George Bentham’s statement on species [Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. (1863): xi–xxix].

Praises Bates’s book [Naturalist on the river Amazons (1863)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  14 Aug [1863]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.296)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4267

Matches: 2 hits

  • … The Wellesley Index identifies James David Forbes as the author of the review of Antiquity …
  • … vols. London: John Murray. 1915. [Forbes, James David. ] 1863. [Review of Charles Lyell’s …

To Charles Lyell   [5 and 7 October 1842]

Summary

Discusses growth of various species of coral. Explains significance of dead reefs.

Describes meeting of the Council of the Geological Society; the controversy involving Edward Charlesworth.

Mentions conversations with William Lonsdale about Lonsdale’s work on corals and the financial support for his work.

Murchison’s views on glaciation in Wales.

Agassiz’s observations at Glen Roy.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  5 and 7 Oct 1842
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.28)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-649

Matches: 1 hit

  • … articles by Louis Agassiz and James David Forbes. L.  Agassiz 1842, pp.  236–7 and plate …

To Charles Lyell   [3 January 1850]

Summary

Discusses CL’s paper, "On craters of denudation" [Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 6 (1850): 207–34], which "will be a thorn in the side of É[lie] de B[eaumont]". Notes evidence from Galapagos overlooked by CL. Mentions other examples of craters.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [3 Jan 1850]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.90)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1287

Matches: 1 hit

  • … der Canarischen Inseln. Berlin. Forbes, James David. 1850. On the volcanic formations of …

To Charles Lyell   9 August [1838]

Summary

Comments on receiving copy of Lyell’s Elements [of geology]. Much is new to CD, and he is copying out notes and references.

Criticises geological work of John Phillips.

Describes expedition to Glen Roy, about which he is writing a paper ["Parallel roads of Glen Roy" (1839), Collected papers 1: 87–137].

Enjoys the Athenaeum Club.

Criticises entomological work of F. W. Hope.

Asks Lyell to obtain for him a copy of barometric readings made at Leith.

Asks him to ascertain altitude of several Scottish lochs.

Comments on FitzRoy’s character.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  9 Aug [1838]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.10)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-424

Matches: 2 hits

  • … Cambridge University Press. 1985–. Forbes, James David. 1861. On the climate of Edinburgh …
  • David Brewster’s Edinburgh Journal of Science. These observations were discontinued in 1832 when Brewster’s journal was merged with the Philosophical Magazine. See Forbes

To Charles Lyell   11 February [1857]

Summary

Discusses a proposed expedition to Australia. Urges collecting and investigating productions of isolated islands. Recommends dredging the sea-bottom.

Mentions keeping Helix pomatia alive in sea-water.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  11 Feb [1857]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.145)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2050

Matches: 1 hit

  • … 8 February [1857] , n.  8. Probably David Forbes, who was preparing to depart for South …

To Charles Lyell   [18 November 1849]

Summary

Criticises Élie de Beaumont’s view of a right angle junction of a stream of lava and a dike.

Mentions his misgivings in voting to recommend J. D. Forbes for Royal Medal.

Notes Daniel Sharpe’s work on mica schist.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Lyell, 1st baronet
Date:  [18 Nov 1849]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.84)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1271

Matches: 1 hit

  • … since the latter voted to recommend James David Forbes in the face of opposition from the …
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