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To W. R. Browne   22 December 1880

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | (Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.)

Dec 22 1880

Dear Sir

I am much obliged for your very courteous note1. I regret that it wd be impossible for me to explain the causes of my disbelief in any good being derived from the conference, without treating the subject at inordinate length. I will only add that in my opinion, a man who wishes to form a judgment on this subject, must weigh the evidence for himself; & he ought not to be influenced by being told that a considerable number of scientific men can reconcile the results of science with revealed or or natural religion, whilst others cannot do so.

I beg leave to remain | Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Charles Darwin


Believes the conference will be of no value because individuals can only decide for themselves on the truths of science and religion.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Walter Browne
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Source of text
DAR 249: 132 (photocopy)
Physical description
LS 3pp

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 12931,” accessed on 22 April 2018,