An awful row at the Linnean Society. William Carruthers and Co. packed a meeting to throw out a decision of the Council. He was beaten by one vote (more than two-thirds majority needed). Spent two hours with Lyell talking about Thomas Belt's book [The naturalist in Nicaragua (1874)]: "the tropical old Glaciers beat the seance I do think". Lyell agrees that the glacial epoch is the great geological crux of the day. Lowering of the ocean level must also be investigated. Curious about A. C. Ramsay's paper coming at Royal Society on 29th ["On the comparative value of certain geological ages", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. 22 (1874): 145–8]. Huxley's new book [? Critiques and addresses (1873)].
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