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From Friedrich Max Müller   29 June 1873


Sends three lectures on the origin of human language [see 8962].

Although a "sincere admirer", he differs with CD on the relation of human to so-called animal language.

Author:  Friedrich Max Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 June 1873
Classmark:  DAR 171: 284
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8957
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