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To Julian Jackson   13 October [1842]

Down | Bromley | Kent

My dear Sir

I feel your intention of drawing up a short account of my volume,1 as a very great compliment, & from your knowledge of all kindred subjects I shall have the greatest interest in seeing it.— As the subject of coral-reefs is not of any immediate local interest, very few have been at the pains of reading my volume;—2 I must, however, except Mr. Lyell who seems to have read it with close attention & has written to me a most flattering criticism.— With respect to your doubts, where to insert your analysis, I do not feel able to aid you. There is much more dignity in an analysis in the Journal than in any periodical;— on the other hand, the considerable delay is a very serious drawback—to an anxious author. Your own judgment will probably be so much better than mine on this point, that I hope you will turn it in your own mind, & decide whichever is most agreeable to yourself & best for the welfare of my small volume.—

With many thanks Believe me | My dear Sir | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin Octob. 13th To Col. Jackson &c &c


A list of presentation copies of Coral reefs is in DAR 69: 108.


Jackson, Julian. 1842. The structure and distribution of coral reefs. [Review.] Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London 12: 115–20.


Discusses JJ’s proposed review of his volume [Coral reefs].

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Charles Robert Darwin
Julian Jackson
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Royal Geographical Society
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 650,” accessed on 6 August 2021,

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