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From M. E. Boole   17 December [1866]1

43 Harley St.

Decr. 17th.

Dear Sir,

Thank you sincerely for your kind letter.2 You have told me all I wanted to know from you. The criticisms to which I referred were such as seemed to take for granted that all such speculations as yours,—in fact, as it seemed to me, all independent un-theological speculations on Creation as we find it,—must be incompatible with any belief in a moral government of the world. I have always taken the liberty of telling the people who brought such criticisms under my notice, that, in my opinion, the authors of them were simply talking about what they had never examined into. But still, when one is studying alone, & so ignorant too as I am, one gets frightened, & loses faith in one’s own principles. And I thought, for my own satisfaction, I should like to have your assurance that moral & religious faith are things quite independent of theories about the process of Creation. You have given me that assurance and again I thank you.

With sincere wishes for improvement in your health

I remain | dear Sir | Yours truly | Mary Boole


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to M. E. Boole, 14 December 1866.


Thanks CD for reassurance that moral and religious faith are valid independently of his theory.

Letter details

Letter no.
Mary Everest Boole
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Harley St, 43
Source of text
DAR 160: 250
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5310,” accessed on 22 March 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 14