Reference numberMS/251/8
TitleLetter from William Buckland, Oxford, to 'My Lord'
Date27 December 1820
DescriptionSends the garden soil analyses completed by Charles Daubeny and discusses the differences between the specimens. He suggests the remedy of burning the clay and the addition of lime or chalk, firstly as a small-scale experiment, as soon as the season permits. Buckland has visited the canal near Bray with [Henry] Warburton who is preparing an account of the strata of Bagshot Heath. Buckland has requested that Warburton write a notice of the interesting beds at Bray, which are related to those at the wood near Perrimans. Similar shells are found at Woolwich and at Faversham. He discusses the construction of the beds and utility as building material. He notes that flagstones at Maidenhead have been brought from the Isle of Purbeck and partly from Newcastle. They collected many species of shells at Bray but these were not in as good condition as his Lordship's, and Warburton will include these in a series for the Geological Society. Buckland will announce his correspondent's desire to be a member at the next three meetings. He encloses a 'Geological Elegy' by Mr Whately ['Elegy intended for Professor Buckland, December 1st 1820', by Richard Whateley (1787-1863)].
Physical descriptionOn paper
Access statusOpen
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8154Buckland; William (1784 - 1856); Dean of Westminster and geologist1784 - 1856
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