Chapter 10. The Seventh International Geological Congress
Published:June 01, 2015
Extract from beginning of chapter:
Of the many forms of benefaction derived from one's friends and colleagues, that of candid praise is probably the most appreciated by the recipient, and is least likely to remain unrecognized or to pass out of recollection, especially when it is accompanied by some token of distinction. It acts as recompense for prolonged effort and continued work and as an incentive to further endeavor. Its value is not to be neglected in reckoning one's obligation to one's friends. It is in this spirit I recall the satisfaction received from a letter of Judd's in which he wrote:1
We are all very glad to be able to have your name enrolled among our foreign correspondents—though I do not deny that the pleasure was especially great in the case of Teall and myself, who have the pleasure of knowing you so well.
I am glad you are pleased that we have made you a foreign correspondent of the Geological Society, but I cannot take the main credit of the achievement. Of course I voted for you and was pleased at the result, but you were most certainly elected on your merits. To tell the truth, I did not speak up for you as I should have done if you had not been my personal friend. I am not sure that I said anything in your favor either publicly at the Council or privately, but I will take this credit—I saw that you were dead certain to be