The Ordnance Geological Survey: Its First Memoir, 1839

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IN the spring of 1839, R. A. C. Godwin-Austen commenced a letter to H, T. de la Beche with the following words: “I am not much in the habit of buttering my friends, but in the present instance you must not complain at being compelled to pay for a shillings-worth of that commodity”. (A shilling was the postage charge for a letter from Newton Abbot to Swansea.) The writer then described his efforts to secure a copy of de la Beche's “Report”, and continued, “I read it before dinner and after: I dipped in it with my tea, and went on devouring it until the ‘dead hour’. I was at it again this morning. …”

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    NATURE, 143, 254–5 (1939). The present note, also, is based upon manuscripts deposited in the National Museum of Wales by the late Colonel J. I. D. Nicholl of Merthyr Mawr.

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North, F. The Ordnance Geological Survey: Its First Memoir, 1839. Nature 143, 1052–1054 (1939) doi:10.1038/1431052a0

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