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From William Graham to Francis Darwin   [after 20 April 1882]

Summary

Sends enclosed letters and hopes they are not too late. Letter of 8 July 1881 important because it contains clear statement of CD’s attitude to religious questions.

Author:  William Graham
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [after 20 April 1882]
Classmark:  DAR 144: 483
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13769G

To William Graham   3 July 1881

Summary

Praises WG’s Creed of science.

He disagrees that the existence of natural laws implies purpose, but his "inmost conviction" is that "the Universe is not the result of chance". But then has horrid doubt whether convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from lower animals, are at all trustworthy.

Believes natural selection is doing more for progress of civilisation than WG admits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Graham
Date:  3 July 1881
Classmark:  DAR 144: 345
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13230

From William Graham   [before 5 August 1881]

Summary

Quotes CD’s "horrid doubt" [see 13230]. WG fails to see force of the argument. Evolution throws no suspicion on man’s reasoning faculties. The case is no different with the faculty that gives data.

Author:  William Graham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 5 Aug 1881]
Classmark:  DAR 165: 86
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13268

To William Graham   5 August 1881

Summary

Thanks him for his letter. "I am not a quick thinker or a good talker and you would learn nothing from me on the many important subjects you have discussed."

Suggests meeting in London in lieu of a visit to Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Graham
Date:  5 Aug 1881
Classmark:  DAR 139: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13276

From William Graham   5 October 1881

Summary

WG is a candidate for a new chair at University College, Liverpool. Asks CD’s permission to use extracts from his letter [13230] for a testimonial.

Author:  William Graham
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Oct 1881
Classmark:  DAR 165: 85
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13373
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