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Letter to Sir Charles Lyell from Samuel Pickworth Woodward, 19 February 1856

Identifier: Coll-203/2/folio(s) 237-239

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Letter to Sir Charles Lyell from Samuel Pickworth Woodward in reply to a letter which proffered some comments and criticism on Woodward's book [Manual of the Mollusca]. In this letter, Woodward covers several topics including: sub-genera of land shells which were of geographical interest but only 10% of their names appear in Woodward's index as he believes their value has yet to be discovered. States that if he was mislead regarding "Holsace" he was misled by a higher authority, Pfeiffer. That he is unclear of Lyell's remark regarding living versus extinct fossils on Porto Santo and Madeira, he states that 64 species belong in both categories. That McGillivray has found a Pupa at Fayal but that its genus has yet to be determined, that there are 40+ species which are found in Sicily but not in Calabria which leads him to the conclusion that Calabria was colonised from the north and Sicily from the south. Mentions that Mr Barrett wishes to visit Lyell to discuss a proposed visit to Greenland.


  • 19 February 1856


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