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To the Geological Society of London   4 October 1842


I am of opinion that everything of importance in “Mr Newbolds Paper on Rock Basins in the bed of the Toombuddra”1 in “Mr J. Phillips three communications on some caves, on the discovery of an ancient causeway with Elephants bones beneath it, and on pumice found in sinking a well,”2 & in “Mr Consul Hunts Report on the destruction of Praya in the Azores by an earthquake,”3 is fully given in the Proceedings, and therefore that these communications need not be printed in the Transactions

Charles Darwin October 4th. 1842


Phillips 1842. This is not John Phillips, the Yorkshire geologist, but possibly an employee of John Taylor, Treasurer of the Geological Society, who had a mining company in Mexico and who communicated Phillips’ paper to the Society.


Hunt, Thomas Carew. 1841. Report of the destruction by earthquake of the town of Praya de Victoria, on the 15th of June, 1841. [Read 1 December 1841.] Proceedings of the Geological Society of London 3 (1838–42): 565–6.

Newbold, Thomas John. 1842. On rock-basins in the bed of the Toombuddra, Southern India (lat. 15o to 16o N.). [Read 9 March 1842.] Proceedings of the Geological Society of London 3 (1838–42): 702–5.

Phillips, J. 1842. Three notices. [Read 9 March 1842.] Proceedings of the Geological Society of London 3 (1838-42): 705–6.


Papers by T. J. Newbold [Proc. Geol. Soc. Lond. 3 (1842): 702–5], T. C. Hunt [3 (1842): 565–6] and J. Phillips [3 (1842): 705–6] need not be printed in Transactions of the Geological Society.

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 647,” accessed on 26 July 2021,

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