To Anatole Roujou? 28 February 1
9 Devonshire St. | Portland Place | London
My dear Sir
I am much obliged for your note.2 I have read your work, but the subject is so abstruse, & as my health is weak, I am not sure that I have mastered your views.3
I can however see that your work exhibits much talent. It has delighted me to find that you are not shocked at the belief that man is a modified and wonderfully improved descendant of some lower animal-form.4 This belief, considering the date of the publication & that your country is France, is a surprising & very gratifying fact. Throughout Europe, with the exception of France, the great principle of evolution seems to me to be now fixed on a sure basis; though very many yet demur to man being included in the same category.5
I still fear that we differ much in our views on the origin of the moral sense, but I shall be pleased to find that I am mistaken.6
Pray believe me dear Sir. | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
Has read correspondent’s work. Glad he is not shocked at belief that man is descendant of lower form. An unusual attitude for a Frenchman.
Fears they differ greatly on origins of moral sense.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Roujou, Anatole
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- London, Devonshire St, 9
- Source of text
- The New York Public Library. Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. (The Berg Collection of English and American Literature, Miscellaneous papers)
- Physical description
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8226,” accessed on 26 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8226