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Phillips explains that he has made three separate visits to the Pacific Coast of North America which have allowed him to study the geology of the Californian gold fields and to investigate 'the circumstances attending the chemical and physical changes which have formerly occurred, and which, to a limited extent, are still taking place in those regions.'

Annotations in pencil and ink throughout. Marked on front as 'Archives May/68'.

Subject: Chemistry / Geology

Received 22 February 1868. Read 12 March 1868. Communicated by [Andrew Crombie] Ramsay.

Whilst the Royal Society declined to publish this paper in full, an abstract of the paper was published in volume 16 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'Notes on the chemical geology of the gold-fields of California'.

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John Arthur Phillips, Unpublished paper, 'Notes on the chemical geology of the gold fields of California' by J [John] Arthur Phillips, 1868, AP/50/12, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 21 May 2024

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    Dates: 1768-1989

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