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Reference numberMS/251/34
LevelItem
TitleLetter from Roderick Impey Murchison to William Buckland
Date[February-March 1829?]
DescriptionMurchison gives an account of Dr [William] Prout and 'fossil sausages'. Prout guided him to chemistry books on the analysis of the faeces of reptiles, which is simply condensed urine. He refers to the South Sea Islands where great quantities of this material is collected by natives as manure and is called 'guano'. Murchison writes that Buckland should have been present to hear [Adam] Sedgwick's invocation to [John] Herschel and the laughter it produced. Murchison has accepted the office of Secretary again, to oblige Sedgwick and to prevent an altercation. He has received a letter from [Charles] Lyell.
Extent4p.
FormatManuscript
Physical descriptionOn paper
Access statusOpen
Fellows associated with this archive
CodeNameDates
NA8081Murchison; Sir; Roderick Impey (1792 - 1871); geologist and geographer1792 - 1871
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