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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Gideon Algernon Mantell   23 May 1839

Geological Society of London | Somerset House.

23rd May 1839


I am requested by the Geological Society to express their thanks for your present of Plants in Anthracite from Philadelphia, and Fossils from Cornwall1 and to assure you that the Society are much honored by this mark of consideration.

I have the honour to be, | Sir, | Your most obedient and very humble Servant, | Charles Darwin | Secretary To Dr. Mantell

F.G.S. etc.


Mantell presented a ‘Slab with impressions of plants from Philadelphia, and fossils from Cornwall’ to the Society on 22 May 1839 (Transactions of the Geological Society 2d ser. 5 (1840), list of donations).


Writes, as Secretary of the Geological Society, to thank GAM for his presents, a slab of anthracite with plant impressions (from Philadelphia) and some fossils from Cornwall.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Gideon Algernon Mantell
Sent from
Geological Society of London
Source of text
Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand (Mantell papers fMS-Papers-0083-465)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 511A,” accessed on 24 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2