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From F. V. Hayden   14 June 1870

Washington DC.

June 14th 1870.

Dear Sir

Your very kind letter came duly to hand.1 I send you a roll of maps today through the Smithsonian Institution—2 These maps will serve to aid you in following explorers over our far west. I will send you from time to time succh books or maps as you wish to make more clear, the results of examinations in that region. I start soon for Idaho & Montana with $25,000, for another summers labors.3 Will go along the Union Pacific Railroad to Salt Lake, thence northward to the sources of the Columbia & Missouri rivers.

Hoping that you are well and will long live to work out the grand results of your studies. I remain | your sincere admirer & reader | F. V. Hayden


See letter to F. V. Hayden, 2 May [1870].
The maps have not been found in the Darwin Archive–CUL.
Hayden was carrying out geological and natural history surveys for the US Department of the Interior (ANB). In the summer of 1870, he explored Wyoming and Utah territories (Foster 1994, p. 175); for his report, see Hayden 1871.


ANB: American national biography. Edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. 24 vols. and supplement. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1999–2002.

Foster, Mike. 1994. Strange genius: the life of Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden. Niwot, Colo.: Roberts Rinehart Publishers.

Hayden, Ferdinand Vandeveer. 1871. Preliminary report of the United States Geological Survey of Wyoming: and portions of contiguous territories. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office.


Sends maps of U. S. Far West for CD to follow explorations.

Letter details

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Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 166: 123
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7232,” accessed on 17 May 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18