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Correspondence 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)


  • Creation: 1820-1848


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

This series documents Lyell's work relating to Sea Serpents, a topic which fascinated scientists of the early to mid 19th century. Numerous sightings were recorded, which Lyell meticulously investigated, researching historic sightings, and seeking out and interrogating witnesses.


2 folders