RECORD: Rodwell, John Medows. 1882.07.08. [Recollections of Darwin.] CUL-DAR112.A94-A95 (Darwin Online, http://darwin-online.org.uk/)
REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker 8.2008. RN1
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[Archival number, upper right] 94
[in another handwriting] J M Rodwell
S. Leonards on Sea
8 July/ 82
As every incident, however trifling in itself, becomes important when connected with the life of such a man as was your late father, I think it worthwhile to send you the following. - At one of Prof.r Henslows evening parties, your Father pointed out to see a passage from Claudian which the Professor had referred to, but was unable to quote in extenso, in his lecture of the previous morning, as one of exquisite beauty, & wh. your father had hunted out.
[Latin passage not transcribed]
(not having a Claudian at hand and writing from memory, I cannot be quite sure that I quote accurately, but you can easily identify the passage.) Your father remarked - "there were Botanists then before Linnaeus."
On another occasion, we were talking over one of Sedgwick lectures in wh. he had spoken of the enlarged views both of Time & Space what Geology could give. he said then - It strikes me that all our knowledge about the structure of our Earth is very much like what an old hen cd. know of the hundred-acre field in a corner of which she is scratching! - & afterwards, "what a capital hand is Sedgwick for drawing large cheques upon the Bank of Time!" - which of course was in reference to some speculation of Sedgwicks as to the probable antiquity of the world.
[Archival number, upper right] 95
I am sorry to say that I have not yet been able to lay my hands upon the letters of your Fathers addressed to me at Bishopsgate - should I however do so, or recover any other memoranda, I will not fail to forward them.
I am , dear Sir, yours faithfully
J M Rodwell
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