WOODWARD, Henry Bolingbroke (1832 –1921) geologist. ALS to 'Phillips'. 1874

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WOODWARD, Henry Bolingbroke (1832 –1921) geologist, autograph letter signed to Phillips, 8vo, 2 sides of a single sheet (separated from a bifolium), 142 St Paul’s Road, Camden Square, London N.W.. 25 May 1874, saying he would be happy to see him on Wednesday except “the Geological Society holds a meeting on that night & I ought to attend if I go out at all! But at present I am cooped reading Examination Papers for the Science & Art Departt. and shall not finish before the end of this week I fear. Otherwise I should have much enjoyed a pipe with you & our mutual friend Bullen.”

Henry Woodward became an assistant in the geological department of the British Museum in 1858, and became keeper in 1880. He was elected FRS in 1873, and became LL.D (St Andrews) in 1878. He served on the Council of the Geological Society of London for much of the period 1867-1903; was president 1894–1896, and was awarded the Society’s Murchison Medal in 1884 and the Wollaston Medal in 1906. He published widely on fossil invertebrates and was editor of the Geological Magazine from its commencement in 1864.

His friend “Bullen” in the letter might possibly be Robert Ashigton Bullen (1850-1912) who took up an interest in natural history and geology at an early age. He completed his BA at London University in 1873 and was temporarily working as a teacher at the time this letter was written.