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To Frederic William Farrar   11 October [1865]


Thanks for book on language [Chapters on language (1865)], which he hopes to read soon if his weak health permits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frederic William Farrar
Date:  11 Oct [1865]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4913

To F. W. Farrar   2 November [1865]


Has enjoyed FWF’s volume [Chapters on language]. Had found Max Müller’s theory obscure and weak.

Believes FWF would come to agree with him on species if he studied general questions in natural history. To argue for immutability of species on the basis of geology resembles a wise savage in a nation with no books saying his language has never changed.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Frederic William Farrar
Date:  2 Nov [1865]
Classmark:  University of Virginia Library, Special Collections (3314 1: 80)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4929

From F. W. Farrar   6 November 1865


Grateful for CD’s approval of Chapters on language.

Is inclined to believe that the races of man were primordially distinct.

Author:  Frederic William Farrar
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Nov 1865
Classmark:  DAR 164: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-4933
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