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Letter 7300

Darwin, C. R. to Morgan, L. H.

11 Aug [1870]

Summary

Thanks LHM for concluding chapter [to Systems of consanguinity and affinity of the human family (1871)]. Agrees that it is important to study the habits and institutions of savages.

Transcription

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Aug. 11th

Dear Sir

I am much obliged for your extremely kind letter & your presentof the concluding chapter, which I am sure I shall read with thegreatest interest.f2 In one respect it is fortunate for me that you arecompelled to leave England so soon, for I shd. have been much disappointedat not being able to receive you here, & this I could not have done, as Iam pledged to a visit for 10 days or a fortnight to a friend, & we allleave home very early on Saturday morning.f3

I fully agree with your remarks on the extreme importance of studyingthe habits & institutions, if they can be so called, of savages. I havehad lately to attend a little to this subject, as I have sent myM.S. to the Printers for a work on the “Descent of man”; but I havechiefly to treat of veritably primeval times before man wasfully man.—f4

With much respect for your admirable investigations, believeme | Dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin

Dept of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation, University of Rochester

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Footnotes

f1
The year is established by the relationship between this letter and theletter from L. H. Morgan, 9 August 1870.
f2
See letter from L. H. Morgan, 9 August 1870 and n. 2.
f3
See letter from L. H. Morgan, 9 August 1870; CD visited William ErasmusDarwin in Southampton from Saturday 13 to 26 August 1870 (see‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).
f4
CD had sent the bulk of the manuscript of Descent to the printerson 9 August (see letter to Mr Dorrell, 9 August1870).
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