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To Joseph Prestwich   3 January 1880


Jan 3. 1880

My dear Dear Prof Prestwich

You are perfectly right. As soon as I read Mr Jamieson’s article on the parallel roads, I gave up the ghost with more sighs and groans than on almost any other occasion in my life1

Believe me, yours very sincerely | Charles Darwin


See letter from Joseph Prestwich, 2 January 1880 and n. 1. Thomas Francis Jamieson proposed that the ‘parallel roads’ of Glen Roy marked the shores of glacial lakes in a paper presented to the Geological Society of London (Jamieson 1863). In 1861, CD received a report of Jamieson’s initial findings and expressed support for Jamieson’s theory, referring to his own paper on the subject as ‘one long gigantic blunder’ (see Correspondence vol. 9, letter from T. F. Jamieson, 3 September 1861, and letter to T. F. Jamieson, 6 September [1861]).


Jamieson, Thomas Francis. 1863. On the parallel roads of Glen Roy, and their place in the history of the glacial period. [Read 21 January 1863.] Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London 19: 235–59.


JP is right; CD gave up [Glen Roy theory] when he read T. F. Jamieson ["On the parallel roads of Glen Roy", Q. J. Geol. Soc. Lond. 19 (1863): 235–58].

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Charles Robert Darwin
Joseph Prestwich
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DAR 147: 253
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12397,” accessed on 27 May 2024,