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Letter 7969

Carboni, Giuseppe to Darwin, C. R.

25 Sept 1871

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    Thanks CD for autograph and photograph.

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    The Origin destroys philosophical foundations of religion.

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Onorevole Sig.r Carlo Darwin | Londra Bologna li 25 Settembre 1871.

Commosso di sua tanta cortesia non posso far a meno di scrivere anche una volta per esprimerle di cuore i miei più sinceri ringraziamenti e dell' Autografo e della sua fotografia -- inaspettata -- testé ricevuta: dono che tanto mi è stato gradito che qualunque cosa mi dicessi in proposito non ariverei mai a significare il piacere e contentezza che la sua pregiatissima lettera mi ha cagionato.

Io sono giovane,—(come vedrà dalla fotografia che mi son presso la libertà di qui accludere, non in cambio alla sua perchè certamente non sono da paragonare a lei; ma solo perchè abbia l'immagine di un Italiano scevro la qualunque superstizione e che ama la scienza più di se stesso)— e se vivo son sicuro di vedere accettate, da tutto il mondo Scientifico, le teorie espresse cosi chiaramente nella famosa sua opera -- Sull' Origine della Specie etc -- che tanto ha recato fastidio ai sostenitori della creazione divina, vedendo scapitare di assai le loro false dottrine filosofiche;—dottrine che ormai sono certe di dover soccombere sotto il peso dell'esperienze e dei fatti che la scienza tutto diviene acquistando.

Non mi dilungo più oltre per non riescire di <    > importuno sebbene lo sia già Stato abbastanza, <    > so che Ella vorrà scusarmi di questa eccessiva con<    > che mi son preso, la prego di volere accetare i<    > -ne della più viva riconoscenza e ringraziandor<  >???? puramente lo riverisco con particolare stima e mi creda

Suo devo umble servitore | Giuseppe Carboni

[Translation]

Bologna 25 September 1871

Touched by your great kindness, the least I can do is to write once more to express from the heart my most sincere thanks both for the Autograph and for your photograph -- unexpected -- just received: a gift which is so much appreciated by me that whatever I may say about it will never succeed in showing the pleasure and contentment that your most esteemed letter has caused me.

I am a young man,—(as you will see from the photograph that I have taken the liberty of enclosing, not in exchange for your own because I am certainly not to be compared with you; but only it gives the image of an Italian who is free of all superstition and who loves science more than his very self)— and if I live I am sure to see the theories expressed so clearly in your famous work -- On the Origin of Species etc --accepted by the whole Scientific world. Your work has brought so much trouble to the supporters of divine creation, seeing the loss of so many of their false philosophical doctrines;—doctrines which are now sure to buckle under the weight of the experiments and facts that all of science is in process of collecting.

I shall not expatiate further so as not to manage to <    > obtrusive even though it has already been enough, <    > know that you would excuse me this excessive ???? <    > that I have taken, beg you to agree to accept the <    > of the strongest appreciation and gratitude <    > I shall purely hold it in special respect and esteem and believe me

Your obliged humble servant | Giuseppe Carboni

Translation

Bologna

25 September 1871

London

Dear Mr. Charles Darwin

Touched by your great kindness, the least I can do is to write once more to express from the heart my most sincere thanks both for the Autograph and for your photograph—unexpected—just received: a gift which is so much appreciated by me that whatever I may say about it will never succeed in showing the pleasure and contentment that your most esteemed letter has caused me.

I am a young man,—(as you will see from the photograph that I have taken the liberty of enclosing, not in exchange for your own because I am certainly not to be compared with you; but only it gives the image of an Italian who is free of all superstition and who loves science more than his very self)—and if I live I am sure to see the theories expressed so clearly in your famous work—On the Origin of Species etc—accepted by the whole Scientific world. That work has brought so much trouble to the supporters of divine creation, seeing the loss of so many of their false philosophical doctrines;—doctrines which are now sure to buckle under the weight of the experiments and facts that all of science is in process of collecting.

I shall not expatiate further so as not to manage to <    > obtrusive, even though it has already been enough, <    > know that you would excuse me this excessive <    > that I have taken, I beg you to agree to accept the <    > of the strongest appreciation and gratitude <    > I shall hold it in special respect and esteem and believe me | Your obliged humble servant | Giuseppe Carboni

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