P. G. Fookes writes: I was very pleased to see in the recent edition of The Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology the short paper by Professor M. G. Culshaw, on ‘The First Engineering Geological Publication in the UK?’ The paper draws attention to the memoir, entitled ‘Soils and Subsoils from a Sanitary Point of View; with especial reference to London and its Neighbourhood ’, by H.B. Woodward of the Geological Survey of the United Kingdom, first edition 1897; second edition 1906. I, for one, was completely unaware of the existence of the memoir and, despite the somewhat unprepossessing...

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