Publication of EA's remarks on CD's writings requires no consent on CD's part. CD would prefer that no part or volume be dedicated to him as it would imply his general approval of the publication, of which he knows nothing. Though he is a strong advocate of free-thought CD feels that direct attacks on Christianity and theism produce hardly any effect. Freedom of thought is best promoted by gradual illumination of men's minds produced by advance of science. Has therefore avoided writing on religion though "I may have been unduly biassed by the pain which it would give members of my family, if I aided in any way direct attacks on religion".
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | (Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.)
I am much obliged for your kind letter & the enclosure.— The
publication in any form of your remarks on my writings really requires no consent on my
part, & it would be ridiculous in me to give consent to what requires
none.— I sh
I am sorry to refuse you any request, but I am old & have very little strength, & looking over proof-sheets (as I know by present experience) fatigues me much.—
I remain Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin