2018. December 20, 1841.
4to, 1 pp., 10 lines in ink on lined paper. Old crease marks, very good and entirely legible. Custom quarter leather portfolio case with inset portrait.
§ A letter from Lyell to the eminent American geologist William Barton Rogers, dating from Lyell's first visit to North America in 1841. Lyell's geological tour of the eastern seaboard was greatly facilitated by Rogers and his brother, the equally distinguished geologist Henry Darwin Rogers. The trip was not without controversy when Lyell was accused of intellectual piracy by a Boston newspaper whose anonymous informer claimed Lyell was appropriating the work of American geologists for his own advancement. In the hastily written letter, Lyell communicates travel plans to Rogers, a route taking in Petersburg, City Point, Williamsburg and Norfolk, Virginia, and Weldon, North Carolina. Most of the places are mentioned in Lyell's memoir of his journey Travels in North America (1845). An unlikely survivor and a nice memento of the grand tour taken by the great geologist. Item #122662