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Charles Lyell : Principles of Geology

'In his isolated rural community Gregory never imagined that he might aspire to a higher profession. Now he returned to his old school for evening classes in chemistry, arithmetic, and mining engineering, where he won a prize book of world history and was introduced to Lyell's Principles of Geology. These two volumes taught him to think in evolutionary terms, and he began to read widely on the historicity of religion and the development of capitalism'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: George Gregory      Print: Book


Lyell : Vestiges of Creation

"In order to read Lyell's controversial Vestiges of Creation when it first came to the house [of the Nonconformist minister in whose family she worked as companion and help], [Mary Smith] had to sit up through the night whilst the family were asleep."

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Smith      Print: Book


John G. Dalyell : Shipwrecks and Disasters at Sea

'Read the Hist. of Shipwrecks'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Shelley      Print: Book


John G. Dalyell :  [account of shipwreck of Wager in] Shipwrecks and Diasters at Sea

'E. reads the shipwreck of the Wager to us in the Evening'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Edward Williams      Print: Book


Lyell : 'Geology'

'During some months of 1837 my father was deeply immersed in Pringle's Travels, and Lyell's Geology'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Alfred Tennyson      Print: Book


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