Ref NoLDGSL/4/32
TitleLetter from William SMITH
Date3 Feb 1838
Extent1 item
DescriptionShort letter from William SMITH, Scarborough, to the Secretary of the Society [Richard Owen], offering himself as a candidate for the vacant Museum Curator post, 3 February 1838.
Administrative HistoryFollowing the breakdown in health of the incumbent curator, William Lonsdale, the Society relieved him of his museum duties and placed the following advertisement in the pages of the 'The Times', 31 January 1838, seeking a replacement:

"GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY - WANTED, a CURATOR, qualified to arrange and take charge of the museum ; containing organic fossil remains, rock specimens and minerals. Salary £125 per annum. Apply by letter to the Secretary, Geological Society of London, Somerset-house."

A special Committee was formed to procure a Curator which recommended Searles Valentine Wood, officially appointed at the Council Meeting of 25 April 1838.
Access ConditionsAccess is by appointment only. Please contact the Archivist for further information.
Related MaterialFor Searles Valentine Wood's appointment, see Council Meeting, 25 April 1838 (Ref: GSL/CM/1/5).
ArchNoteDescription by John Thackray; revised by Caroline Lam
CreatorNameSMITH | William | 1769-1839 | civil engineer and geologist
TermHuman resources
DS/UK/22SMITH; William (1769-1839); civil engineer and geologist1769-1839
DS/UK/39Museum of the Geological Society of London; 1808-19111808-1911
DS/UK/25OWEN; Sir; Richard (1804-1892); comparative anatomist and palaeontologist1804-1892
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