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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-12052

To Ernst Krause   14 May 1879

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Summary

Assures EK that he will not change his mind about publishing a translation of EK’s article on Erasmus Darwin. It is unfortunate that Samuel Butler should have published [Evolution, old and new] just then, but that does not change CD’s determination.

Butler is clever, but knows no science. His views that cells have memory and the power of wishing – even if correct – cannot explain how they could change themselves chemically or structurally.

EK can do anything he likes with CD’s preface [to Erasmus Darwin].

Summary

Assures EK that he will not change his mind about publishing a translation of EK’s article on Erasmus Darwin. It is unfortunate that Samuel Butler should have published [Evolution, old and new] just then, but that does not change CD’s determination.

Butler is clever, but knows no science. His views that cells have memory and the power of wishing – even if correct – cannot explain how they could change themselves chemically or structurally.

EK can do anything he likes with CD’s preface [to Erasmus Darwin].

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-12052
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Krause, E. L.
Sent from
Bassett
Source of text
Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens
Physical description
4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12052,” accessed on 27 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-12052

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