GEOLOGISTS OF THE HEROIC AGE OF GEOLOGY
GREENOUGH, George Bellas (1778–1855), geologist. Autograph note signed to H.T.De la Beche, no date [c.1829-1835], 1 side of a cut down sheet 112 x 94mm, with remains of mounting to reverse corners, “My Dear Sir / I herewith send you Buckland’s letter on the subject of the Weymouth paper: his ideas & mine in regard to the map perfectly accord. / Pray search among your papers for Hoffmann’s Nord Westliche Deutschland. I shall be disappointed if you do not find it. / Yours sincerely, / G.B.Greenough / Friday / [addressee at foot] H.T.De la Beche Esqr.”
Upon his return from a tour of Italy in June 1829 Henry De la Beche began preparing a description and map of the geology of Weymouth in partnership with William Buckland. Just prior to this work, De la Beche had submitted a paper on the local geology around Nice which Buckland (one of the paper’s referees) sharply criticised for its extensive reference to the term ‘diluvium’. Greenough intervened in the matter and De la Beche promptly deleted all references to the term. In the Weymouth project Greenough flags up in the note his complete accord with Buckland’s views with regard to the accompanying geological map. The paper by De la Beche and Buckland On the geology of the neighbourhood of Weymouth and the adjacent Parts of the coast of Dorset was read to the Geological Society on the 2nd and 16th April 1830, and published in 1835.
On the continent during the 1820s Friederich Hoffmann was undertaking detailed geological field work in north western Germany, where he identified clear evidence of correlation with the geological sequence in the south of England (Hoffmann, F. “Uebersicht der orographischen und geognostischen Verhältnisse vom nordwestlichen Deutschland” Leipzig 1830.)