my mind not to ask you to insert it. If I am able to make out a history of the subject for the Geological Association perhaps you may be willing to insert that as I hope to avoid anything personal. Mr Moody who discovered the tracks in 1802 & who wished me to correct the statements in the newspapers has taken the matter into his own hand as you may have seen by the papers so that I now feel more at liberty to withhold my communication. I would not have you make any statements on the subject on my account unless you prefer to do it. Dr Deane showed me his drawings of the fine slabs he has in his possession. They are beautifully executed & I urged him to send them to your journal with a description as I suppose from your letter he has done. Do not trouble yourself to send me a proof of his paper as I am not anxious to see it till the Journal arrives. Dr Dana is pushing his researches on the Coprolites. Prof. Shepard may have told you that he could not make out the phosphates in them. But I think if he were to see the details of Dr Dana’s experiments he would be satisfied that they do exist although not to be discovered by his experiment with potassium. Dr D. is performing an incredible amount of labour upon them: but he is stimulated by the prospect of very interesting results.
I read a paper before the Geological Association at Albany giving the result of an analysis of wines from Palestine, Syria &c, & of American cider.