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To A. C. Ramsay   14 December [1862]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Dec. 14th

Dear Ramsay

Many thanks for Catalogue: I have read with interest parts referred to & other parts—2 I have been pleased to find some of Volcanic specimens have been honoured by being enumerated.—3

With respect to Glen Roy paper, I shall be happy to undertake it.4 It will in fact be no trouble, as I have corresponded with Mr J. on subject & know most of his facts & arguments, & know, alas, too well that I am everlastingly smashed

Ever Dear Ramsay | Yours sincerely | C. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship to the letter from A. C. Ramsay, 13 December 1862.
Ramsay et al. 1862. See letter from A. C. Ramsay, 13 December 1862. CD’s copy of this work has not been found.
CD refers to some of the volcanic rock specimens collected during the Beagle voyage, which he had presented to the Museum of Practical Geology (see Ramsay et al. 1862, pp. 220–9; see also Porter 1985, p. 996).
In his letter of 13 December 1862, Ramsay asked CD to referee Thomas Francis Jamieson’s paper on the geology of Glen Roy in Lochaber, Scotland (Jamieson 1863), for possible publication in the Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London. Jamieson’s paper was sent to CD for review immediately after it was read to the society on 21 January 1863; although CD’s report was received by the society on 26 January 1863, it has not been preserved in the archives (see ‘Papers read’, Geological Society of London, archives, COM P 3/1).


Thanks ACR for Catalogue; pleased some of his volcanic specimens have been included.

Will review T. F. Jamieson’s paper on Glen Roy. Knows the facts and knows too well that he [CD] is everlastingly smashed.

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Charles Robert Darwin
Andrew Crombie Ramsay
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DAR 261 (DH/MS 9: 5)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3860,” accessed on 18 July 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 10