Has received a baffling article on God, immortality, and socialism under a Darwinian point of view.
Clerk Maxwell has disagreed with CD on molecular calculations in relation to Pangenesis in Encyclopaedia Britannica article ["Atom", Encyclopaedia Britannica, 9th ed. (1875) 3: 36–49].
My dear G.—
I do not think that you will care for Jacksonian pamphet sent by this post.—
Hermann Müller has sent you & Frank a newspaper on the development of the instincts of bees in relation to sucking flowers
which I am sure you w
I have received a German pamphet about the idea of God & immortality
& socialism under a Darwinian point of view: it is so difficult I cannot make
head or tails of it; I at first thought of sending it you,
but then thought you w
Yours affect. | C. Darwin
- f1 10338.f1The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Hermann Müller, 4 September 1876, and by the reference to (Parow 1876). See nn. 2 and 3 below.
- f2 10338.f2See letter from Hermann Müller, 4 September 1876.
- f3 10338.f3CD refers to Der Gottes-Begriff, Unsterblichkeit und die sittliche Idee gegenüber dem Darwinismus [The idea of God, immortality, and the concept of morality, versus Darwinism] (Parow 1876). CD's copy is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection--CUL. In this copy, a marginal note in CD's hand reads, `Too difficult– I have read hardly any of it—'.