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Letter 9483

Darwin, C. R. to Gray, Asa

5 June [1874]

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    Profoundly grateful for AG's article in Nature; he is especially pleased by what AG says about teleology.


Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

June 5th

My dear Gray

I have now read your article in Nature, & the 2 last paragraphs were not included in the slip sent before. I wrote yesterday & cannot remember exactly what I said, & now cannot be easy without again telling you how profoundly I have been gratified. Everyone, I suppose occasionally thinks that he has worked in vain, & when one of these fits overtakes me, I will think of your article, & if that does not expel the evil spirit, I shall know that I am at the time a little bit insane, as we all are occasionally.

What you say about teleology pleases me especially, & I do not think anyone else has ever noticed the point. I have always said you were the man to hit the nail on the head.

Yours gratefully & affectionately | Ch. Darwin

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