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From Archibald Geikie   24 December 1871

Ramsay Lodge | Edinburgh

24th. December 1871

My dear Mr. Darwin

You confer the favour on me instead of receiving it from me by writing to me such a request as is contained in your note of yesterday.1 I only wish that anything written by me would be likely to be of any service in the enquiry you are carrying on— By today’s post I send for your acceptance a copy of the only paper of mine bearing on the subject.2 You will see from it that I do not enter at all into the question, how flat surfaces are wasted. I deal in that paper with the sum total of denudation over the surface of a country, my object being to shew the unequal rate of waste and the way in which the total amount of material removed from a land surface may be estimated.

Believe me to remain | Yours very truly | Arch Geikie

Charles Darwin Esq | F.R.S. &c. &c.


Geikie, Archibald. 1868b. On modern denudation. Transactions of the Geological Society of Glasgow 3: 153–90.


Sends a paper on denudation ["On modern denudation", Trans. Geol. Soc. Glasgow 3 (1871): 153–90].

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Archibald Geikie
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 165: 24
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8119,” accessed on 22 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19