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From W. R. Browne   [2?] November [1880]

38, Belgrave Road. S.W.

Nov. 2 [rest of line missing]

Dear Sir

On Jan 〈  〉th last an informal conference was held at Lambe〈t〉h Palace of Scientific Men; the Archibishop of Canterbury was in the Chair, when it was resolved unanimously, “That it is desirable that those S〈ci〉entific men who believe in the truths of Religion should take every opportunity of stating that belief; and that the following be appointed a Committee wi〈t〉h pow〈e〉r to add to their number, for the p〈u〉rpose of maintaining communication a〈mo〉ng those desirous of promoting this object:— His Grace the Archibishop of Canterbury 〈Prof〉or Stokes, Profor Bal〈fou〉r Stewart, Dr Sorby, Dr Gladstone, Profor Rollestone and Profer McKendrick, Hon. Sec. Mr Walter Browne”. The Committee have lately been able to take advantage of an offer kindly made to them b〈y t〉he proprietors of the “Contemporary Review”, 〈w〉ho propose to publish a series of articles dealing with the present state of the various Sciences. It is proposed to consider how far the theories in each science without any reference to Christianity rest on fully proved & verified laws & how far on hypotheses, 〈co〉njectures more or less probable, in other words how far each science has advan〈ced〉 〈    〉 & assured of QQQQ bey〈ond〉 〈    〉 conclusions ma〈de〉 〈    〉 rather of speculation. I am 〈re〉quest〈ed by〉 the Committee to inqui〈re〉 wheth〈er y〉ou would kindly undert〈a〉ke to prep〈a〉re an article of this char〈a〉cter on the Science of Comparative Anatomy. The points which it is suggested, should be specially dealt with, are the evidence on the Theory of Evolution, but of course, much would be left to your own discretion on this matter. It is prop〈ose〉d that the series should comme〈n〉ce as early next year as possible and I m〈a〉y add that Dr Gladstone, Dr Sorby & Profor Balfour Stewart have already consented to take part in 〈this.〉 The 〈hon〉orarium for each 〈artic〉le wil〈l be〉 £1 〈per〉 page & the article sh〈ould〉 run 〈to〉 about twenty pages. It is hoped that the series may be subsequently published in a volume.

Hoping for an early & favourable reply | I remain | Yours t〈r〉uly | Walter E. Browne | Hon Sec

Chas. Darwin Esqr F.R.S.

CD annotations

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Announces intention to hold a private conference with the Archbishop of Canterbury with the aim of encouraging men of science to reaffirm their religious beliefs and also to publish a series of articles in the Contemporary Review on the state of the various sciences.

Letter details

Letter no.
Walter Browne
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Belgrave Rd, 38
Source of text
DAR 160: 334 (fragile)
Physical description
4pp damaged

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12789,” accessed on 20 May 2018,