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DCP-LETT-3818

To T. F. Jamieson   21 November 1862

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

November 21— 1862

My dear Sir

I have great pleasure in expressing my strong opinion on your qualifications, as far as knowledge of the natural sciences is concerned, to give Lectures on Agriculture.1 I have read with admiration all your papers on the more recent geological changes in Scotland; & I can with entire truth say that according to my power of judging I have never read more able productions.2 I may add that the more recent geological phenomena are obviously those most connected with Agriculture. From our frequent correspondence, I am well aware that your knowledge of the several branches of Natural History is very considerable.

With my cordial wishes for that success, which I am sure you are well entitled to, I remain | My dear Sir | Yours sincerely | Charles Darwin

To | Th. F. Jamieson Esqre

Footnotes

1
In a letter that is now missing, Jamieson had evidently asked CD for a reference; he was appointed Fordyce lecturer on agriculture at the University of Aberdeen in 1862 (Roll of the graduates of the University of Aberdeen).
2
Jamieson had written a number of important papers on the Pleistocene geology of Scotland (Jamieson 1858, 1860a, 1860b, and 1862). In particular, CD had been greatly impressed by Jamieson’s explanation of the so-called ‘parallel roads’ of Glen Roy, in Lochaber, Scotland, later detailed in Jamieson 1863 (see, for example, letter to Charles Lyell, 14 October [1862] and n. 3).

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-3818
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Jamieson, T. F.
Sent from
Down
Source of text
National Library of Scotland (MS 5406: 171–2)
Physical description
3pp & AdraftS 2pp

Summary

CD expresses his high opinion of TFJ’s scientific qualifications for lecturing on agriculture.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3818,” accessed on 30 April 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-3818

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