Sends a letter he wrote in 1862 [see 3482].
Eversley Rectory, | Winchfield.
My dear M
I have just found a letter written to you 5 years ago, & never sent. Do me the honour to read it— & even if you do not answer it, think over it
Yours ever attached | C Kingsley
Eversley March 23/62 My dear M
Will you kindly give me your views of an old puzzle of mine? I am told that man is
the highest mammal—w
I see two imperfections in man as he is
1. The existence of the mammæ in the male, shewing that the sexes are not yet perfectly separated.
2. The ditrematous condition, w
That the specialty of organs increases as you rise in the scale, is, I suppose an
acknowledged law— And therefore, while I see, both
in male & female, two diff
It is noteworthy, that the fact of the 2 secretions (urinary &
sexual) passing through the same orifice) has been in all ages, Brahmin, Buddhist,
Monastic, & What not, the physical ground of the contempt of sex, & of
all that belongs to sex. No physical fact has played a more important part in the
history of religion— W
Tell me what you think of this. You I can speak to as I can to no other man—
Yours ever faithfully | C. Kingsley
- f1 5664.f1Kingsley first wrote to CD after receiving a presentation copy of Origin (see Correspondence vol. 7, letter from Charles Kingsley, 18 November 1859). In early 1862, Kingsley and CD speculated on the `genealogy of man' (Correspondence vol. 10, letter from Charles Kingsley, 31 January 1862, and letter to Charles Kingsley, 6 February ).
- f2 5664.f2Ditrematous: `having the anal and genital orifices distinct' (OED).
- f3 5664.f3CD added passages to the third and later editions of Origin on the advancement of organisation and structure by natural selection. CD cited Karl Ernst von Baer's as the best standard of advancement or `highness'; according to von Baer, advancement or `highness' was related to the amount of differentiation of different parts of an adult organism and to their degree of specialisation with regard to function (see, for example, Origin 3d ed., pp. 133--4, 363--7).
- f4 5664.f4Kingsley's sense of propriety was reflected in his address to the Devonshire Scientific Society in 1871, in which he declined to consider `physiological and anatomical' aspects of the origin of man (Kingsley ed. 1883, p. 316). For more on Kingsley's attitude to sexuality and his views on the divinity of carnal love, see Barker 2002.