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Darwin Correspondence Project

To G. A. Gaskell   15 November 1878

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Summary

CD hopes GAG is right [see 11744]. His second law seems largely acted on in civilised societies. Evil that would follow from checking benevolence to weak and diseased would be greater than by allowing them to survive and procreate. CD doubts that artificial checks would be advantageous to the world at large. If birth could be prevented, and control were not thought immoral, "would there not be a danger of profligacy amongst unmarried women?"

Summary

CD hopes GAG is right [see 11744]. His second law seems largely acted on in civilised societies. Evil that would follow from checking benevolence to weak and diseased would be greater than by allowing them to survive and procreate. CD doubts that artificial checks would be advantageous to the world at large. If birth could be prevented, and control were not thought immoral, "would there not be a danger of profligacy amongst unmarried women?"

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-11745
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
George Arthur Gaskell
Sent from
Down
Source of text
DAR 144: 327
Physical description
4pp & Adraft 1p

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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11745,” accessed on 18 August 2019, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-11745

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