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To Andrew Crombie Ramsay   15 June [1866]1

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

June 15

Dear Ramsay

I am very much obliged to you for your kind present of the Geological Survey of N. Wales.2 I shall not be able to read it immediately but I have no doubt when I do that I shall find much of interest to me, for this has been the case with all that I have read of your writing

Looking over the pages makes me long to be able to wander over some of the mountains with which I was formerly familiar but did not understand.3

Believe me dear Ramsay | yours sincerely | Charles Darwin


The year is established by the reference to Ramsay 1866 (see n. 2 below).
Ramsay evidently sent CD volume 3 of the Memoirs of the Geological Survey of Great Britain and of the Museum of Economic Geology in London, which contained his memoir, ‘The geology of North Wales’ (Ramsay 1866). He had informed CD that the work was about to go to press in his letter of 18 August 1864 (Correspondence vol. 12).
CD had done his first geological field work on a tour of North Wales led by Adam Sedgwick in 1831; he had returned in 1842 to study evidence of glaciation (see Correspondence vols. 1 and 2). For CD’s other visits to Wales, see Freeman 1978, p. 286, and Lucas 2002a and 2002b.


Thanks for Geological survey of North Wales [1866]. Longs to return to the mountains with which he was once familiar, but did not understand.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
Andrew Crombie Ramsay
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DAR 261.9: 8 (EH 88205981)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5123,” accessed on 20 July 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 14