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Letters and Papers concerning Sea Serpents, 1820-1848

 Series — Box: Lyell Temp Box 1.22 (Formerly Gen 119)
Identifier: Coll-203/5 (Lyell 5)

Scope and Contents

Letters and Papers Concerning Sea Serpents consists of:
  1. notes and clippings regarding sightings of sea serpents (1820-1848)
  2. letters from Sir John William Dawson, John Fleming, William McGillivray, Alexander Gordon Melville, Patrick Neill, Colonel Parkins and George Robert Waterhouse regarding sea serpents (1845-1848)


  • 1820-1848


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

This series documents the fascination with which scientists of the early to mid 19th century regarded sea serpents. Numerous sightings were recorded, some of which are documented by these letters and cuttings.


2 folders