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Letter 9580

Darwin, C. R. to Darwin, G. H.

1 Aug [1874]

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    GHD's article will not do. It is too long and the denial seems weak and confused; also, it ought to be in the form of a letter to the editor. Encloses draft of the sort of letter of denial he thinks GHD should write.

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[Enclosure: 1]

Sir,

In the July number of the Quarterly Review, reference is made (p. 70) to an essay by me on "Beneficial Restrictions to Liberty of Marriage", which appeared in the Contemp. Rev. for Aug. 1873. The reviewer, after making some remarks on this subject proceeds "Elsewhere he (Mr G. Darwin) speaks in an approving strain . . . complex civilization" The charge of my encouraging vice in order to check population & the odious insinuation which follows are of so serious a nature, that I claim as an act of justice the insertion in the Quarterly Rev. of my emphatic denial that I have ever written one word which can honestly be thus interpreted. The reviewer justifies his charge by referring to p. 424–5 of my article, where I have given an historical sketch of the disgusting marriage customs of the early German communistic bodies & of certain savages, but I have never thought or hinted that such practices were in any way excuseable. The whole charge is absolutely false & groundless.

Sir | your obedient servant

To the Editor of the Quarterly Review

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