To T. F. Jamieson 6 September 
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
I thank you sincerely for your long & very interesting letter. Your arguments seem to me conclusive.1 I give up the ghost. My paper is one long gigantic blunder.2
I suppose & hope that you will publish an account of what you have observed.3 The case seems very interesting. What a wonderful record of the old icy lakes do these shores present! It really is a grand phenomenon. I have been for years anxious to know what was the truth, & now I shall rest contented, though ashamed of myself.— How rash it is in science to argue because any case is not one thing, it must be some second thing which happens to be known to the writer.—4
I will take the liberty to forward your letter to Sir C. Lyell, as I am sure he would like to read it.—5
With very sincere thanks. Pray believe me, my dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Did I not say that you would be able to settle the question?—6
Has read TFJ’s letter on Glen Roy. His arguments seem conclusive. CD gives up the ghost. "My paper is one long gigantic blunder." How rash it is "to argue that because a case is not one thing it must be some second thing which happens to be known to the writer".
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Jamieson, T. F.
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- Source of text
- National Library of Scotland (MS. 5406, ff. 167–8)
- Physical description
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3247,” accessed on 11 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3247