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Notebook No.117, 1 August 1844-18 September 1844

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 5
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/117

Scope and Contents

This notebook contains Charles Lyell’s notes from 1 August to 18 September 1844 while in London. It then continues through 26 September to 2 October in York. He visits T.S. Spedding at Mirehouse on Bassenthwaite. The final section of the notebook, through 21 October, pertains to Lyell and Michael Faraday’s participation in an inquiry of the 1844 Haswell coal mine explosion that killed 95 people. Notes are in a mixture of pencil and ink. The notebook index is located in the back of the notebook on pages 113-115.

Transcription note:

The following index is Lyell's own words, copied from his "Index" 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

No. 117. 1844.
London, Aug[ust]. 1st to Sept[ember]. 18th
p. 6 to 12 Rules, duties, and salaries of public officers (Geologists, et cetera) in India.
p. 16 India, most healthy months in,
p. 18 - [India], expenses of voyage thro[ugh]',
p. 18 & 20 - [India], route thro[ugh]’,
p. 22 N[orth]. Indian and N[orth]. Amer[ican] plants
p. 22 Michigan rocks, Silliman's Journal
p. 23 Oxford
p. 24 to 34 Silurian shells from Chemung, Genesee, Schoharie, et cetera
p. 34 to 40 Falkland Isl[and] shells & encrinites, with Forbes
p. 41 & 44 Illustrations of lectures for York
p. 42 India climate
p. 44 - [India] notes with Col. Sykes
p. 47 Lonsdale’s paper on tertiary corals, estimate of pages
p. 48 & 50 Frostburgh coal, list of shells
p. 50 & 52 Pittsburgh - [coal, list of shells]
p. 52 & 53 Burrowhead section, Wigtounshire [sic Wigtownshire]
p. 54 Warren Hill, Millhaven pebbles
p. 56 to 60 Mildenhall, plants, list of,
p. 62 Barton, plants list of,
p. 65 Oslo shells, list of
p. 67 Kendal, Keswick, Skiddaw, diary of tour
p. 69 Borrowdale Mine, Iron pyrites, slate
p. 69 & 71 - [Borrowdale Mine] plumbago
p. 73 Bassenthwack [sic Bassenthwaite] Lake, Mirehouse, diary
p. 75 Hallstead, Appleby, Bowes, et cetera, diary
York, Sept[ember]. 26 to Oct[ober]. 2. Papers read:
p. 77 Dr. Carpenter on Terebratula, Orthis, Producta, et cetera
p. 77 Dela Beche, Ludlow rocks
p. 77 Forbes, Dredging shells
p. 79 Sir P. Egerton, fishes, New Red
p. 79 Forbes, Zoology of colder climate
p. 79 Agassiz, eocene fish like recent
p. 81, 83, & 85 Fucoids, chemical analysis
Haswell Notes
p. 86 & 110 Hutton Seam p. 90 to 100 Examination of witnesses
p. 102 to 106 Description of the colliery
p. 108 & 112 Expenses of journey
p. 85 & 109 Coal plants of N[orth]. America, mem[oranda] for sending to Bunbury [Note: there are two different pages labelled ‘85’]


  • Creation: 1 August 1844-18 September 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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