RECORD: Darwin, C. R. Referee report on Clarke, Shower of ashes. (1.1840) GeolSoc-COM-P4.2.38 Transcribed by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

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Clarke Rev. W.B.

Shewers of Ashes


Clarke Rev. W. B

Cape of G. Hope

Jan 22d 1840

I am of opinion that everything of importance in Mr Clarke's Paper "on a shower of ashes which fell on board the Roxburgh off the Cape de Verd Islands" is given in the abstract in the Proceedings & therefore that it need not be printed in the Transaction.

Charles Darwin

Clarke, William Branwhite. 1839. A notice of showers of ashes which fell on board the Roxburgh, at sea, off the Cape de Verd islands, February, 1839. [Read 6 November] Proceedings of the Geological Society of London 3 (1838-1842): 145-6.

the underlined text is not in Darwin's handwriting

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