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Letter 8380

Darwin, C. R. to Spencer, Herbert

10 June [1872]

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    Expresses his "unbounded admiration" for HS's article on Martineau ["Mr Martineau on evolution", Contemp. Rev. 20 (1872): 141–54]

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    and his article on sociology [Contemp. Rev. 19 (1872): 701–18]. CD never believed in the reigning influence of great men on the world's progress but could not have given his reasons. "Now every one with eyes to see and ears to hear . . . ought to bow their knee to you, as I for one do."


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