T.D. ‘Petrifactions and Figured Fossils found at Whitby, Some account of’, March 9, 1750. Published letter to the editor in Gentleman’s Magazine

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T.D. ‘Petrifactions and Figured Fossils found at Whitby, Some account of’, March 9, 1750. Published letter to the editor in Gentleman’s Magazine after March 1751. Three pages, 108-110, in good condition.

The author, T.D. of Sunderland, notes that “such is the obscure out-of-the-way  situation of the place, that they [fossils] have not yet fallen under the cognizance of any naturalist of note, nor has any tolerable description (if any at all) ever been given”. T.D. describes the cliff exposure, ophiomorphites or stone snakes [ammonites], petrified shells, trochitae (sic) aka thunderbolts [belemnites], and petrified wood are thoughtfully observed and described. The preceding letter discusses the change to the Gregorian calendar and the loss of days.