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Darwin Correspondence Project

To E. B. Aveling   11 August [1881]1


My dear Sir—

I thank you for your courteous note & for the present of your work received this morning.—2 I shall be glad to read it, as it is always interesting to an author to see how his assertions strike any [fresh] & vigorous mind. Nor do I at all dislike persons differing from me, or extending their views to a greater length than seems to me safe.— I have read your Introduction & see that you compliment me, to a much higher degree than, as I believe, I deserve.—3

yours faithfully | C. D.—

Aug. 11. Dr Aveling


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from E. B. Aveling, 9 August 1881.
See letter from E. B. Aveling, 9 August 1881. CD’s copy of The student’s Darwin (Aveling 1881) is in the Darwin Library–Down.
Aveling praised CD as a man of genius and the ‘first among scientific men in England’ (Aveling 1881, pp. viii-ix).


Aveling, Edward Bibbins. 1881. The student’s Darwin. London: Freethought Publishing Company.


Thanks EBA for his book [see 13283]. Has no objection to people differing from him or carrying his arguments further than he would consider safe.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Edward Bibbens Aveling
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Source of text
DAR 202: 27
Physical description
ADraftS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 13287,” accessed on 1 December 2023,