Life of Sir Roderick I., Murchison Bart. K.C.B. F.R.S., Sometime Director General of the Geological Survey of the United Kingdom, 1; Based on His Journals and Letters

Life of Sir Roderick I., Murchison Bart. K.C.B. F.R.S., Sometime Director General of the Geological Survey of the United Kingdom, 1; Based on His Journals and Letters

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...of English Geology," and renewed his acquaintance with the rocks of that interesting coast line. In a letter written at that time to Mr. Phillips, he reports the first germ of a proposal which in its completed form did honour to the men who made it, and to the Government which carried it into execution. It was one of the earliest of a long series of kind-hearted acts to meritorious but often poor men of science--acts which, if they had not Murchison for their originator, never failed to find in him an active and influential supporter. We can picture him among these Yorkshire cliffs, with the kindly old man, who, though he had done more for geology than any man then living, was spending the remainder of his days in humble quiet at Scarborough. And those who knew Murchison will recognise how well fitted this sight was to touch him into active and considerate benevolence. 1 British Association Reports, voL i. p. 91. "I have had a nice field-day with your uncle at Hackness. What is your opinion, your real opinion, as to what /or my friends could really do for him (i.e. for his benefit)? It would never do to bring him to town without something sure and good was offered. If we could persuade the Government to give him a little salary to be geological colourer of the Ordnance Maps published--do you think I ought to suggest this? I ask this as a preliminary: it would certainly be of national importance to have these well done, and lodged in the Tower and Geological Society." This proposal, as we shall see, was not a mere matter of form or of transient good-will. But before any further iw. SEDGWICK'S FIRST WORK AY WALES. 191 action could be taken, the writer of it had to find his way back to London. This he did in the usual circuitous way...show more

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