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From J. F. McLennan   7 November 1876

Summary

L. H. Morgan has plagiarised his and Henry Maine’s works for years.

Encourages George Darwin to continue his work on consanguineous marriages.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Nov 1876
Classmark:  DAR 171: 23
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10664

From J. F. McLennan   24 July 1877

Summary

Asks for details on CD’s Descent references to female infanticide.

JFM’s work on the laws of incest finds strong evidence for man’s relation to animals.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 24
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11069

From J. F. McLennan   30 July 1877

Summary

Sees abortion as a refinement of infanticide; all such practices originate in female infanticide. Herbert Spencer’s over-speculation.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 25
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11082

From J. F. McLennan   30 November 1880.

Summary

Thanks for reference [to Lorimer Fison and A. W. Howitt, Kamilaroi and Kurnai (1880)].

Irate against L. H. Morgan.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 Nov 1880
Classmark:  DAR 171: 26
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12877

From J. F. McLennan   6 March 1871

Summary

Thanks for copy of Descent. Dining with Vernon Lushington, who is jubilant over the book.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7549

From J. F. McLennan   24 March 1871

Summary

Unfortunately he has missed an opportunity to review Descent in Nature.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 18
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7618

From J. F. McLennan   21 August 1871

Summary

Thanks CD for helping with arrangements for an American edition [of Primitive marriage (1865)].

He is an old friend of CD’s son-in-law, R. B. Litchfield, and of John Lubbock.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  21 Aug 1871
Classmark:  DAR 171: 19
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7913

From J. F. McLennan   3 February 1874

Summary

Discusses the evolution of marriage systems; considers the scheme of development CD proposes: 1. Polygyny and monogamy; 2. Polyandry; 3. Promiscuity; 4. Polygyny and monogamy in recurrence. Explains what he understands by promiscuity. JFM believes that polygyny, monogamy, and polyandry must have occurred in "every district from the first, and grown up together into systems sanctioned by usage first and then law". Considers polygyny necessarily the privilege of the few and, as a system, believes it had less to do than any other with the history of marriage. He sees polyandry as an advance from promiscuity and the stage at which contractual obligations between men and their wives begin.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb 1874
Classmark:  McLennan 1896, pp. 50–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9264

From J. F. McLennan   5 May 1874

Summary

Would like to see C. S. Wake’s paper ["Marriage among primitive peoples", Anthropologia 1 (1873–5): 197–207].

Will return L. H. Morgan’s work [? Systems of consanguinity (1871)].

Murray suggests Macmillan’s are more likely to reprint JFMcL’s Primitive marriage.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 May 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9442

From J. F. McLennan   8 May 1874

Summary

Thanks for issue of Anthropologia. Would be pleased if CD would write to Murray on his behalf.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 May 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9447

From J. F. McLennan   13 May 1874

Summary

Bernard Quaritch interested in reprinting Primitive marriage.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 May 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9458

To J. F. McLennan   10 November [1874]

Summary

Will send Alexis Giraud-Teulon’s book [Origines de la famille (1874)], which he has received but not read, if JFM cares to read it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Ferguson McLennan
Date:  10 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  R. F. Batchelder (dealer), Catalogue 44 (n.d.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9715
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