From Charles Kingsley 8 November 1867
Eversley Rectory, | Winchfield. Nov. 8/67. My dear Mr. Darwin
My thanks for your most interesting letter.1
Sex—you will find—plays the part in the real ground of all creeds. It is the primæval fact wh. has to be explained, or mis-explained, somehow. I cd write volumes on this. I may write one little one some day—2
As you say—the plain fact that man bears the evidence of a former hermaphrodite type are as indisputable—as they are carefully ignored—3
The whole question will have to be reconsidered by us—or by some other wiser race—in the next few Centuries.— & you will be esteemed then as a prophet.
Yours ever sincerely | C Kingsley
I have found actually a Darwinian Marchioness!!!!!4 So even the Swells of the World are beginning to believe in you. The extreme Radical press is staying off from you, because you may be made a Tory & an Aristocrat of.5 So goes the foolish ignorant world— It will go, believing & disbelieving not according to facts, but to convenience. But do you keep yourself—(as you are) “unspotted from the world” as the good book bids all good men do6—& then 500 years hence, men will know what you have done for them.
Remarks on Darwinism’s reception. The radical press shies away, out of ignorance, because CD may be made out to be a Tory. He has met a Darwinian Marchioness.
The mystery of sex is the origin of all religion.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5673,” accessed on 27 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5673