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From Thomas Blunt   11 August 1842


August 11th 1842

Dear Sir,

I have ascertained that the elevation of the town of Shrewsbury varies according to situation from 250 to 300 feet above the level of the sea.1

With respectful Compliments, | I remain, Dear Sir, | Yours, faithfully & obliged, | Thomas Blunt.


CD was interested in the elevation of Wales and Western England in connection with his paper ‘Notes on the effects produced by the ancient glaciers of Caernarvonshire’, Collected papers 1: 163–71. See letters from John Provis, 14 July 1842 and 20 July 1842.


‘Ancient glaciers of Caernarvonshire’: Notes on the effects produced by the ancient glaciers of Caernarvonshire, and on the boulders transported by floating ice. By Charles Darwin. Philosophical Magazine 3d ser. 21 (1842): 180–8. [Shorter publications, pp. 140–7.]

Collected papers: The collected papers of Charles Darwin. Edited by Paul H. Barrett. 2 vols. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. 1977.


Gives the height of Shrewsbury above sea-level.

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Thomas Blunt
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 5: B17–18
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 639,” accessed on 6 August 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2