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From Mary Everest Boole   13 December 1866

Summary

Asks whether CD believes natural selection obviates man’s ability to be guided by spiritual motives. Is anxious that his theory be compatible with her faith.

Author:  Mary Everest Boole
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Dec 1866
Classmark:  DAR 160: 249
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5303

To M. E. Boole   14 December 1866

Summary

Is unable to answer her questions about religious implications of natural selection, but would prefer to believe that suffering in world is due to natural events.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Mary Everest Boole
Date:  14 Dec 1866
Classmark:  DAR 143: 121
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5307

From M. E. Boole   17 December [1866]

Summary

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

Author:  Mary Everest Boole
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Dec [1866]
Classmark:  DAR 160: 250
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5310
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