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Nineteen holograph letters written mainly to A. C. Ramsay. The writers include J. Fred. Bateman, Westminster, 1877 (the application of the Corporation of Manchester to Parliament for power to take water from Thirlmere), Charlotte A. M. Cookman, Dolau Cothy, 1876 (personal, news of friends, the hot water system at Dolau Cothy, the publication of Bishop Thirlwall's Welsh sermons by Canon Phillips of Aberystwyth), Eliza Dymock, undated (the honour conferred on the recipient), James Geikie, Geological Survey of Scotland, from Perth, 1879 (observations on the glaciation of the gorge of the Rhone and of the Faroe Islands), Franz v. Hauer, Geologische Reichsanstalt, Vienna, [1]882 (a toast to the writer at the dinner of the London Geological Society), Leonard Horner [from London], undated (the meeting of the Council [of the Geological Society], the rejection of exhibits at the Museum), W. P. Jervis, Regio Museo Industriale Italiano, Turin, 1882 (the writer's publications on the geology of Italy, an offer of specimens for the Jermyn Street Museum), Cha[ rles] Lyell, Bristol, 1843 (arranging to meet the recipient (one signature cut away), J. Milne, Tokio, 1882 (the writer's experiments with artificial earthquakes) (incomplete), James Nasmyth, Penshurst, Kent, 1879 (the writer's work on casting specula for reflecting telescopes, with reference to a speculum cast for Richard Green, M.D.), J. C. Ramsay [from Demeraire] to his brother [William Ramsay], undated (the recipient's proposed Continental tour) (incomplete), M. Louisa Ramsay, Hyeres, France, to 'Willie' [son of William Ramsay], undated (a professorship at Bristol for the recipient, personal, observations on France), W. Ramsay, Glasgow, 1880 (news of family and friends), Berthold Schlesinger, M℗♭©žhr-Ostrau, 1881 (the presence of strontianite in Scotland), Ange Sismonda, Museo Mineralogico di Torino, Turin, 1878 (a request for a copy of the Geological Survey of the United Kingdom), Edward Thring, The School House, Uppingham, Rutland, [18]83 (a request to place the recipient's name on the General Committee), J[ohn] Williams, Treffos, Bangor, 1867 (observations on the recipient's letter concerning St. David's horns [at Llanddewibrefi]), and E. Woodall, undated (the recipient's contemporaries at Cambridge University) (incomplete). Some of the letters are addressed to the School of Mines, Jermyn Street [London], to the Ordnance Survey, Marshfield, near Bath, and to Wooton-under-edge. At the end of the volume are two sheets of extracts relating to the 'petrified horn which hung in the church of Llanddewibrefi ' ('Matgorn yr ych bannog' or 'Matgorn ych Dewi').


Title based on contents.

Formerly known as Ramsay 34.

Preferred citation: NLW MS 11584D.

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

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