From E. L. Jellinek 30 July 1881
Buffalo, N. Y.
Chas. Darwin Esq. F.R.S &c | Kent, England.
In an argument in our college lately, some students, in discussing your philosophy, said, that from reading and thinking over your writings they are convinced that you do not believe in the immortality of the Soul. Others opposed this assertion, and said, that you have never written anything to show that you believe or do not believe in it, and consequently, we can make no such assertion.
I have been requested to address these few words to you, and ask, though with delicacy, whether you believe in the immortality of the soul, and if you would kindly favor us with some reasons.
Hoping, honored sir, that you are enjoying the, best of health, and anxiously awaiting your early reply, that I may read it before our class, I am, with a high degree of respect,
Very truly your Obt Svt, | Edward L. Jellinek
Edward L. Jellinek | 437 Michigan Ave | Buffalo, | Erie Co. | U.S.A. N.Y.
Kindly answer soon as convenient. | J
Asks whether CD believes in the immortality of the soul.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13263,” accessed on 22 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-13263