20pp., 8vo., rebound in half leather, letter pasted to f.f.e.p., Cape Town, 1839
"Pamphlet printed in response to a request from the British Government to draw public attention to Sir William Reid's book "The Law of Storms". Chief item is a reprint of a letter to the editor of the South African Chronicle, signed Mercurius (i.e. John Marshall, one time commander of one of the East India Company's ships) on the theory of storms. Introductory letter by Thomas Maclear in which he gives high praise to Marshall's letter, and notes the similarity between the theories expounded by Marshall and by Reid". From the South African Bibliography, pg. 624. John Marshall arrived in the Cape on the East Indiaman Diana, of which the terrible voyage is recounted in the pamphlet. Pasted to the front free endpaper is a letter dated 1809, signed on arrival in Table Bay by John Marshall. Marshall served for many years as President of the Lombard Bank, the first commercial bank at the Cape.