Scope and Content

Sixty-three holograph letters, 1849 and undated, written to A. C. Ramsay. The writers include Chas. C. Benett, Lyme Regis (spring tides at Lyme Regis), Alfd. H. Browne, Lancaster (enclosing a specimen of a chiton, personal), Mrs. A. H. Browne (observations on cartoons), Charlotte A. M. Cookman, Monart House [co. Wexford] (thanks for a copy of a lecture), P. M. Grey-Egerton, Tarporley (thanks for specimens, an excursion to Stonehenge), R. Wilbraham Falconer, Bath (a request for books, personal), Jas. G. Forbes, London (personal), John Johnes, Dolaucothi (books, observations on a lecture by the recipient, a 'system of farming on chemical principles' adopted by Mr. Peel of Taliaris, news of friends), Sarah Jukes, Edgbaston ( to Lyon Playfair) (an invitation), Helen M. Keyden, Wembley (a visit to the Society of Arts), R. G. Latham [from London] (a request for the presence of the recipient at the next senate [of University College]), Robt. Mallet, Dublin (thanks for a copy of recipient's introductory lecture), John Percy, Birmingham (the writer's application for an appointment [to University College, London]) (together with an enclosure from Edward Forbes to John Percy), B. R. Perkins, vicar of Wootton Underedge (thanks for a present, personal), M. E. Playfair, Alfreton (personal), E. R[amsey?, from Edinburgh] (the writer's marriage), E. Ramsay, his mother, Glasgow, etc. (deaths from an epidemic in Glasgow, the recipient's membership of the Royal Society, news of relatives and friends), E. Ramsay, his sister [from Glasgow, etc.] (deaths in Glasgow, Sir Robert Peel's speech at the Geological Society's dinner, the writer's method of pressing plants, personal news), J. C. Ramsay, Trinidad ( observations on marriage, the writer's relations with his colleague Eccles ), W. Ramsay, Glasgow, etc. (the possibility of the writer's marriage, the writer's movements, the business affairs of J. C. Ramsay, the writer's application for an agency, personal), J. Sharpe, Glasgow (business, personal) (together with verses enclosed), Thos. Sopwith, Mus[eum of] Econ[ omi]c Geology, etc. (the flag quarries at Llantisilio, west of Llangollen), J[ohn] Sykes, Pembroke College, Cambridge (a vacant professorship at Glasgow), C. R. Weld, assistant secretary, Royal Society (the recipient's election to a Fellowship of the Society), Anna Maria Williams, Llandovery ( the illness of Steuart [Williams) and his resignation from the curacy of Selattyn, the progress of the school, news of friends), and W. R. Steuart Williams, Llandovery (the writer's illness, personal, news of friends). One letter is addressed to the Ordnance Survey, Dudley.


Title based on contents.

Formerly known as Ramsay 31.

Preferred citation: NLW MS 11581D.

Other Finding Aids

The description is also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).

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