CD disappointed in Pusey's sermon against evolution [Un-science, not science, adverse to faith (1878), sermon read by H. P. Liddon at St Mary's, Oxford, on 3 Nov 1878]. Does not agree that religion and science can be kept as distant as Pusey desires. Geology and biology must deal with history of earth and of man. But that is no reason for bitter hostility.
Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | — | Railway station | Orpington, S. E. R.
My dear Innes
Many thanks for your most kind letter & for sending me D
You, I am sure, have always practically acted in this manner in your conduct towards me & I do not doubt to all others. Nor can I remember that I have ever published a word directly against religion or the clergy. But if you were to read a little pamphlet which I received a couple of days ago by a clergyman, you would laugh & admit that I had some excuse for bitterness; after abusing me for 2 or 3 pages in language sufficiently plain & emphatic to have satisfied any reasonable man, he sums up by saying that he has vainly searched the English language to find terms to express his contempt of me & all Darwinians.
We have just returned from a week in London, where we went as I wanted rest, but I am now tired, so will write no more.
I suppose that the misery from that wicked Glasgow bank is something inconceivably great in Scotland.
Believe me | My dear Innes | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
- f1 11763.f1See letter from H. N. Ridley, [13-28] November 1878.
- f2 11763.f2Edward Bouverie Pusey.
- f3 11763.f3The Glasgow City Bank had recently failed. It is possible that CD read of this on p. 5 of the Manchester Guardian, 5 November 1878, which is on the reverse of an article about Pusey's sermon.