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Notebook No.115, January 1844- May 1844

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 5
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/115

Scope and Contents

This notebook contains Charles Lyell’s notes from January to May 1844 while in London. Notes are in pencil and ink. The notebook index is located in the back of the notebook on pages 112-115. From pp.20-22, 32 - with Darwin

Scope and Contents

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 "do". The inclusion of [sic] indicates the misspelling of a word is deliberate and taken from the notebook.

Lyell's own index

London Jan[uary] to May 1844.
p. 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 Acc[ount]. with C. Sowerby
p. 3 Latin poetry, De ape electro inclusa
- [p. 3 Latin poetry] De vipera electro inclusa
- [p. 3 Latin poetry] De formica succino inclusa
p. 5 to 17 S. Wood, Williamsburg and Petersburg miocene, examination of,
p. 18 M[onsieur]. Barrande, difference between N[orth]. Amer[ican] and European silurian
p. 20, 21, 23 A. D’Orbigny and C. Darwin, Age of mamm[alian] bones at Bahia Blanca
p. 22 Copies sold of Principles and Elements
p. 23 Falconer, fishes and animals of India
p. 24 Estimate of pages in Journal of U.S. tour
p. 27, 31 R. Brown, Linnea Borealis
p. 28 Warburton, Gypsum and sandstone of Nova Scotia
p. 28 Sir J. Jamieson, Magnesian limestone and Muschelholk [sic Muschelkalk] in India
- [p. 28 Sir J. Jamieson] Giraffe, Switzerland
- [p. 28 Sir J. Jamieson] Whales and Cachelot [sic cachalot]
p. 29 Old Red of U.S.
p. 32 Darwin, Geology of Staffordshire
p. 32 Sternbergia, cast of Medullay [sic Medullary]
p. 33 Phillips, Mountain limestone perforated by inferior oolite shells
p. 33 - [Phillips] Anthracite of various places
p. 35, 37 Amer[ican] German newspaper
p. 38 Corals, shells, and shark’s teeth like Touraine and Martha’s V[ineyard]
p. 38, 40 Darwin's N[ew]. S[outh]. Wales, denudation of burr rock?
p. 40 to 50 G Sowerby, Petersburg, Williamsburg, and Maryland tertiary
p. 44 - [G Sowerby] General notes on Amer[ican] tert[iary]
p. 51 Owen, Wolf and dog
p. 53 Acc[ount] with G. Sowerby
p. 54 Massachusetts shells
p. 56 Sir W. Hooker, Cactus, Prickly Pear, Palmettos, Beech tree, et cetera, localities
p. 57 U. S. cretaceous
p. 58, 60 G Sowerby, Petersburg miocene
p. 61 Taxes, estimate of income tax
p. 62 Darwin, Australian coal beds
p. 62 Capt[ain]. H. Napier, Halifax furrows
p. 64, 68, 70, 72 G Sowerby, Claiborne species different from Paris and London
p. 65, 69, 71, 73 - [G Sowerby] species allied
p. 66, 67 - [G Sowerby] spec[ies] like other than eocene
p. 67 - [G Sowerby] like shells in several formations
p. 72, 74, 76 - [G Sowerby] Shell Bluff
p. 76 E. Forbes, Aptachus [sic Aptychus]
p. 77 to 80 G B Sowerby, Jacksonboro shells
p. 82 to 86 - [G B Sowerby] Santee limestone
p. 86 - [G B Sowerby] Rocky Creek Crassatella
p. 88 to 92 G Sowerby, Wilmington eocene
p. 92 to 99 - [G Sowerby] U.S. miocene
p. 100 to 108 - [G Sowerby] recent and miocene identified
p. 101, 102 Conrad, miocene identified by
p. 110, 111 Number of U.S. miocene genera
p. 111 Drawers which might be packed up
p. 110 Letters sent


  • Creation: January 1844- May 1844


Language of Materials



117 folios

58 Leaves

1 volume

Processing Information

Transcribed by Drew Coleman, volunteer; catalogued by Pamela McIntyre, Strategic Projects Archivist, November 2022

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