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Letter 11831

Parker, W. K. to Darwin, C. R.

17 Jan 1879

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    Sends CD a book on science and scriptures written by a clergyman friend [unidentified].


36 Claverton St. SW

Jany 17/79

My Dear Sir

I have come across an excellent East-End-of London Clergyman, who has devoted his life (besides his other work) to watching the progress of Medical Science. I believe that he is better read in it than any other man in his profession, & being,—as is natural, a huge admirer of the Hebrew Scriptures, he is attempting, impartially, to give to Scripture the things that belong to Scripture, & to Science the things that belong to Science—

I do not expect that you will go very far with him; but his work (as it seems to me) is a very healthy & a very pleasing one; & if not useful as an apology for the Science of Moses, it is yet a capital defence—clergy-ward—of our work in bold research.

My friend is anxious that you should have a copy, & knowing me to be an old-fashioned, scripture-loving, orthodox kind of fellow, & yet a most out-spoken Darwinian, he asked me to introduce the book to you.

I know & am assured that you are too kindly & courteous to take this present in any other than a kindly manner.

With the most loving esteem, | I am My Dear Sir | Yours most truly | W. K. Parker

C. Darwin, FRS

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