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Notebook No.40, March 1831- May 1831

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 2
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/40

Scope and Contents

This brown leather notebook contains Charles Lyell's notes from a visit to Horsham, Hastings, Lewes. Notes are primarily made in pencil with sketches. The front cover is labeled March 1831.

The following table of contents is Lyell's own words, copied from Lyell's own "Index", found at the beginning and end of the notebook, transcribed from digital surrogates using the platform Transkribus. When known, Lyell's abbreviations and contractions have been expanded using brackets []. When writing is unclear, and transcription is not possible, this is denoted using [...]. Quotation marks are Lyell's own notation for ditto, as is the abbreviation "d'o". The inclusion of [sic] indicates the misspelling of a word is deliberate and taken from the notebook.

Lyell's Own Index

p. 5, Insects in Amber
p. 7, Sabrina isl[an]d, corald bro'r away from it
p. 7, Maccles field bank
p. 7, Maccles deep channel into the lagoon of
p. 10, Coral islands, Maldive [et cetera]
p. 10, Pearl oysters + fishery
p. 12, Earths[uake] in Kent, 1831
p. 15, Ships sunk in Chas.[Charles] 2nd reign, at Sheerness
p. 16, Bay of Gibraltar, ships sunk, fihs deserted
p. 18, Isle of dogs
p. 18, Ipswich Bay receives mud of the Thames
p. 18, Smyth's Sicily, notes
p. 20, Madras, encroachments of the sea at
p. 22, Bengal Banks
p. 25, Volcano crater
p. 23, Floating islands
p. 31, Queries 2 or 3 pages; Kings Coll[ege] things purchased of Sowerby for
p. 31, Deshayes Queries
p. 34, Andes their convuls[ion] contemporary with tranquil sediemnt of Guiana
p. 34, Brighton, houses on beach
p. 35, New formation, its age?
p. 35, Chalk escarpment near Steyning
p. 36, Brighton
p. 37, Mr Hills collect[ion] of fossils
p. 37, Ichthy[osauru]s in chalk in arl
p. 37, "Blackberry" in clay slate
p. 38, Weald [et cetera] sections
p. 38, Whale stranded, Brighton
p. 41, Hastings series, sect[ion]s at Uckfield, Horsted [et cetera]
p. 42, Barcombe, sect[ion]
p. 43, Leeves, pebbles in chalk
p. 43, South Downs, dip
p. 44, Valleys, bet[wee]n Godstone + Croydon
p. 45, Riddlesdown beds cut off abruptly
p. 46, Croydon, sect[ion]
p. 47, Ferussac (cost of)
p. 48, Vernon, Mr. vertebra where found by him
p. 48, Earth, mean density of + water + rocks [et cetera]
p. 50, Sinking of Baltic
p. 51, Pilote Francaise
p. 52, Box Hill + Stammerham
p. 54, Horsham, ripple mark
p. 56, Folkstone to Calais, sect[ion]
p. 56,61, Chalk + oolite sections
p. 58, Fleming on Tilgate beds
p. 59, Lewes, sect[ion] (Combe et cetera)
p. 62, Pounceford
p. 62, [Pounceford] org[ani]c rem[ains] found at
p. 64, Faults called horses
Index Continued back cover:
p. 64, Freshw[ater] Mytilus
p. 66, Sections Hastings beds
p. 68, Longitu[dinal] valleys, cause
p. 69, Weald never all cov[ere]d by chalk
p. 70, [Weald] valleys causes of
p. 74, Chalk valleys, causes of
p. 74, Eocene valleys, [causes of]
p. 76, Crag [valleys], [causes of]
p. 77, Wealden sections
p. 83, Cambridge, chalk sect[ion]
p. 84, Fries on distribu[tio]n of Alga
p. 87, England, Ireland + France once united, plants
p. 87, Humboldt on Bot[anical] Geol[og]y
p. 87, Ethiology of Medicine
p. 88, Diff[erence] of plants of N[orth] + South Hemispheres
p. 92, Lichens [et cetera] on walls
p. 92, Oases in Desert
p. 92, Poiret on decompos[itio]n of plants under water
p. 93, Lectures, direct[ion] about glue, lamp black [et cetera] for


  • Creation: March 1831- May 1831


Language of Materials



110 folios

55 Leaves

1 volume