In his paper for Geological Society ["Glacial origin of certain lakes", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 18 (1862): 185–204] he will prove that all the lake-basins of the Alps were scooped out by glaciers.
17 Feby 1862
My dear Sir
I have a paper coming on at the Geol: Soc: on Wednesday the
Further both in America & Europe the number of lakes (true rock basins) increase in number just in proportion as the country has been glaciated, & therefore I apply my theory to glaciated regions in the widest sense, showing, I conceive, that nothing but a solid such as ice could scoope out deep true rock-basins.
Of course I also allow special areas of subsidence, but these are not what I deal with.
North of the S
Ever truly | And
- f1 3450.f1Ramsay's paper, entitled `On the glacial origin of certain lakes in Switzerland, the Black Forest, Great Britain, Sweden, North America, and elsewhere', was read to the Geological Society of London on 5 March 1862 (Ramsay 1862).
- f2 3450.f2Both Charles Lyell and CD had formerly propounded the belief that the erratic boulders of the Jura were transported from the Alps in icebergs that floated across a vast submerged tract of Switzerland (see C. Lyell 1855, p. 151). After travelling in Switzerland to study glacial phenomena in the summer of 1857, Lyell decided that the erratics had been carried from the Alps to the Jura by glaciers extending across the intervening region (K. M. Lyell ed. 1881, 2: 243--62). CD informed Ramsay of Lyell's new opinion in the letter to A. C. Ramsay, 24 June  (Correspondence vol. 7). See also Davies 1969, pp. 291--2, 310--11.