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From John Higgins   1 March 1848


Agrees to pay Mr Mason as requested.

Author:  John Higgins
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Mar 1848
Classmark:  Lincolnshire Archives (HIG/4/2/1/11)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1161

To John Phillips   7 March [1848]


JP’s reference was clear, but seems to be different from the case cited by W. Hopkins about erratic conglomerate boulders. Asks for more details on the latter. CD does not think much of Hopkins’ paper ["Elevation and denudation of the district of the lakes of Cumberland and Westmorland", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 4 (1848): 70–98].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  7 Mar [1848]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1162

To John Phillips   [12? March 1848]


Thanks JP for his note and reference. CD’s paper will not deal with the general question of erratics but only their transportal from a lower to a higher level ["The transportal of erratic boulders", Collected papers 1: 218–27]. His notion is that the boulders were transported by coast-ice, not drifting icebergs, and that during the period of transportal the land was subsiding. Can JP tell him whether the raised conglomerate boulders he observed were rounded or angular?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Phillips
Date:  [12? Mar 1848]
Classmark:  Oxford University Museum of Natural History Archive Collections (John Phillips collection))
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1163

To J. F. W. Herschel   [21 March 1848]


Sends MS of his chapter on geology for Manual [Collected papers 1: 227–50]. Fears it may be too long. Does not much like it but can do no better. After hesitation, has recommended books. Defends his point that mere collection of rock specimens is "of hardly any use to Geology".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Frederick William Herschel, 1st baronet
Date:  [21 Mar 1848]
Classmark:  The Royal Society (HS6: 14)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1164

To Robert Ball   25 March [1848]


Cannot give information about hook. Fuegian women fish without hooks.

Robert Mallet’s suggestion about space for specimens on board men-of-war forwarded to Sir J. Herschel.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Ball
Date:  25 Mar [1848]
Classmark:  Christ’s College Library, Cambridge (Fellows' Papers 54.i)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1165

To Richard Owen   [26 March 1848]


Describes his new microscope and its advantages for dissecting. Suggests RO might discuss topic [in his contribution to J. F. W. Herschel, ed., Manual of scientific enquiry (1849)].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Richard Owen
Date:  [26 Mar 1848]
Classmark:  Archives of the New York Botanical Garden (Charles Finney Cox Collection)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1166

To William Alexander Baillie Hamilton    28 March [1848]


Sir John Herschel has not received the parcel of "Scientific Instructions", which was posted on the 15th. He requests an accurate search at the Admiralty.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Alexander Baillie Hamilton
Date:  28 Mar [1848]
Classmark:  The National Archives (TNA) (ADM/5580 009075)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-1166A