From L. C. Wedgwood [15 June 1872?]1
Chalet de Villars | Montagnes d’Ollon | Aigle, Vaud
Dear Uncle Charles.
The steep grassy hill-sides here are very distinctly scored with ridges. They run parallel to each other with great regularity, about 3 or 4 ft apart and about 1 ft wide or nearly. They very seldom run into each other. There are worm-casts—but not abundant. I cannot help thinking they are made by the cows—(there are very few sheep)— they are undoubtedly used by them, being very often cross-ridged into those peculiar furrows cows always make in soft places by stepping in each others footsteps. I thought it wd. be useless to draw them as it wd. be merely a no. of parallel lines.2
We stay here another 4t. night (till 29th) in case you (and the post takes 4 or 5 days) should wish to know anything more about them; If not, I need hardly say of course do not answer this.
We are enjoying ourselves exceedingly in this most beautiful place, with splendid weather
Yr. afft niece | Lucy Wedgwood
Would some one kindly direct enclosed to Bessy3 if not at home as I dont kno’ where she may be.?
Worm-casts on a ridged hill.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7345,” accessed on 26 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7345