To Frances Power Cobbe 23 March [1870?]1
Down Beckenham | Kent.
My dear Miss Cobbe
It was very good of you to send me nolens volens Kant, together with the other book.2 I have been extremely glad to look through the former. It has interested me much to see how differently two men may look at the same points, though I fully feel how presumptuous it sounds to put myself even for a moment in the same bracket with Kant;—the one man a great philosopher looking exclusively into his own mind, the other a degraded wretch looking from the outside thro’ apes & savages at the moral sense of mankind.
I have glanced thro’ the cut pages of Despine, but he appears to me far from being an original & vigorous thinker, but many of his facts about criminals seem very curious.
The book shall be sent to London by our carrier tonight, & thence to you by Parcels Del. Co.3
With sincere thanks | pray believe me | yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Has read and enjoyed the Kant that FPC sent.
Returns P. C. Despine [?Psychologie naturelle (1868)].
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Cobbe, F. P.
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Huntington Library, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens, San Marino (CB 385)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7145,” accessed on 19 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7145