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Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. H. Darwin   [after 4 September 1876]1

My dear G.—

I do not think that you will care for Zacharias’ pamphet sent by this post.—2 Hermann Müller has sent you & Frank a newspaper on the development of the instincts of bees in relation to sucking flowers which I am sure you wd not care about in the least & I have not sent it.—3

I have received a German pamphet about the idea of God & immortality & socialism under a Darwinian point of view: it is so difficult I cannot make head or tails of it;4 I at first thought of sending it you, but then thought you wd. not care for it. I could, however, send it.— Do you remember calculating for me about number of molecules in a square of 11000 of an inch, in relation to Pangenesis; well I hear from Eras. that in Encyclop. Britannica, Clark-Maxwell has been writing on this subject in relation to Pangenesis, & opposed to my views, but Eras. says he cannot understand it, & that you might on your return read it.—5 I have been grieved, my dear George, to hear how very bad you have been.6

Yours affect. | C. Darwin


Has received a baffling article on God, immortality, and socialism under a Darwinian point of view.

Clerk Maxwell has disagreed with CD on molecular calculations in relation to Pangenesis in Encyclopaedia Britannica article ["Atom", Encyclopaedia Britannica, 9th ed. (1875) 3: 36–49].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
George Howard Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 210.1: 66
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10338,” accessed on 19 October 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24