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 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].
- chemistry, chemicals
- creationism, religion
- negative attitude/assessment
- reception of Darwinism
- theory (including philosophy)
- time and age (‘organic’ time)
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10338,” accessed on 25 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-10338