Letter of Sir Charles Lyell to John Murray, 24 October 1851

As well as writing new works, Lyell continued to write extensive revisions for his seminal book 'Principles of Geology'. He was keen that both his new works and revised editions were reviewed in Murray's influential literary publication the 'Quarterly Review'.


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I am most desirous to
insert three very important
facts in a Post-script or
Notice before the Table of Con-
tents or where you think it
will be best seen, grand
discoveries all made since
I corrected the new Edn
& which bear on the stirring
Theory of Progression Develop-
ment which has been discussed
in the last Q. R.

These discoveries not
noticed in the forthcoming Edn of