Two autograph letters signed “Argyll”. George Douglas Campbell Argyll, “The Radical Duke”, Duke of.

Preserved Leaves of Mull

Two autograph letters signed “Argyll”.

Kensington and N. P: Argyll Lodge and Balmoral (stationery), n.d. and 28 September 1855.

2; 4 pp. 8vo. Preserved Leaves of Mull. To “Sir” and “Dear Sir.” Folded, some light browning, remains of stubs on verso else very good. Provenance: From the collection formed by Sir Melville MacNaghten, Assistant Commissioner of C.I.D., Scotland Yard and his daughter Lady Aberconway. Item #27394

The first stating that he will send specimens of the ores and the [?] Leaves of Mull to Glasgow for the Museum, the leaves only being “furnished on loan as the specimens have become very difficult to get” but saying that he will try to provide speciments of the granites of Mull and the marbles of Iona and Tyree as well as another.

The second letter concerns the Glasgow Polytechnic Institution. He feels that the nature of the institution was not well enough defined for a formal opening, “it seems to be at present somewhat of a private speculation in the conduct of which the Conductor says he is to be funded in a great measure by information he has not yet obtained and the Institution at all events is to be under his sole control.” Argyll recommends that more should be determined before it is recognized as a public institution of Glasgow. In 1854 Argyll had been elected Lord Rector of Glasgow University, having in 1851 been selected chancellor of the University of St. Andrews.

George Douglas Campbell, Duke of Argyll, noted politician and statesman was recognized not only for his political involvement and ability to stay in power/position, even with a change of government, his involvement in religious affairs and for his strong interest in natural history and sciences, especially the study of birds and geology. Argyll is among other things, noted for the announcement of the discovery on the island of Mull of the find of well-preserved leaves and vegetable matter “intercalcated among the basalt-lavas” and determined to be of the tertiary volcanic age. Argyll's paper, presented to the Geological Society on this subject “paved the way for all that has since been done in the investigation of the remarkable history of tertiary volcanic action in the British Isles.” (DNB) He was severe and active critic of Darwinian theory. His contributions to science and the scientific progress with his controversies and criticisms advanced those fields of his interest by raising public/scientific interest in those areas.

Price: $150.00