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To Charles Hamilton Smith   14 January [1845]

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Has read CHS’s paper, "Original population of America" [Edinburgh New Philos. J. 38 (1844–5): 1–20], and is eager to know reference for the account of a "ruined city in the Caroline Group", indicating that the land has subsided. Refers to his own subsidence hypothesis in his work [Coral reefs].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Hamilton Smith
Date:  14 Jan [1845]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-815

To C. H. Smith   26 January [1845]

Summary

Discusses extract sent by CHS dealing with island of Pouynipéte. Agrees account of island by Lloghtsky [Johann Lhotsky] is suspect.

Comments on view that former migration of animals, plants, and man was by continental extensions now submerged.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Charles Hamilton Smith
Date:  26 Jan [1845]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.40)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-820

From C. H. Smith   22 January 1845

Summary

Reports on an ancient town on Ascension, which is now at sea-level and approachable only by boat.

Author:  Charles Hamilton Smith
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Jan 1845
Classmark:  DAR 177: 188 (fragile)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-816
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