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Meanwhile De la Beche was actively engaged in colouring up geological maps of the West of England, using the Ordnance Survey’s one-inch Sheets. He seems to have begun this work in 1832 and he differed from the other contemporaneous workers in that he coloured up the whole extent of an Ordnance Sheet, while they, apparently, only did small areas in which they were engaged on official duties.
 
Meanwhile De la Beche was actively engaged in colouring up geological maps of the West of England, using the Ordnance Survey’s one-inch Sheets. He seems to have begun this work in 1832 and he differed from the other contemporaneous workers in that he coloured up the whole extent of an Ordnance Sheet, while they, apparently, only did small areas in which they were engaged on official duties.
  
In 1834 in his Presidential Address Greenough informed the Geological Society that  
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In 1834 in his Presidential Address Greenough informed the Geological Society that Mr. De la Beche, one of our Vice-Presidents, acting under the Direction of the Board of Ordnance, has produced a geological map of the county of Devon, which, for extent and minuteness of information and beauty of execution, has a very high claim to regard. Let us rejoice in the complete success which has attended this first attempt of that honourable Board to exalt the character of English topography by rendering it at once more scientific and very much more useful to the country at large.
 
 
:Mr. De la Beche, one of our Vice-Presidents, acting under the Direction of the Board of Ordnance, has produced a geological map of the county of Devon, which, for extent and minuteness of information and beauty of execution, has a very high claim to regard. Let us rejoice in the complete success which has attended this first attempt of that honourable Board to exalt the character of English topography by rendering it at once more scientific and very much more useful to the country at large.
 
  
 
In 1835 Greenough was again President of the Geological Society and in his Presidential Address made the following announcement.
 
In 1835 Greenough was again President of the Geological Society and in his Presidential Address made the following announcement.
  
:The researches of your Vice-President (De la Beche) in the counties of Devon and Somerset have been carried on this year with increased energy. Of the eight Sheets of the Ordnance Map upon which he has been engaged, four were published last spring, three others are complete, the eighth is nearly complete, and an explanatory memoir with sheets of sections applying to the whole are to be published before our next anniversary. Let us hope that the work so admirably begun may not be suffered to terminate here.
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The researches of your Vice-President (De la Beche) in the counties of Devon and Somerset have been carried on this year with increased energy. Of the eight Sheets of the Ordnance Map upon which he has been engaged, four were published last spring, three others are complete, the eighth is nearly complete, and an explanatory memoir with sheets of sections applying to the whole are to be published before our next anniversary. Let us hope that the work so admirably begun may not be suffered to terminate here.
  
 
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