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From Friedrich Max Müller   13 October [1875]

Summary

Sends CD his answers to W. D. Whitney’s articles. Sees man as separated from other animals by the possession of language. There is no scientific evidence for even the slightest attempt at language in the higher animals, which cannot, therefore, be reasonably regarded as "stunted man". [See "In self-defence", Chips from a German workshop 4 (1875): 473–549.]

Author:  Friedrich Max Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 286
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10194

To Friedrich Max Müller    15 October [1875]

Summary

Thanks FMM for his essay [see 10194]. Though some of FMM’s remarks are "stinging", they have all been made "gracefully".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Max Müller
Date:  15 Oct [1875]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 427
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10201

From Friedrich Max Müller   29 June 1873

Summary

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

To Friedrich Max Müller   3 July 1873

Summary

Thanks FMM for his "Lectures [on Mr Darwin’s philosophy of language", Fraser’s Mag. n.s. 7 (1873): 525–41, 659–78].

CD is not worthy to be FMM’s adversary as he knows very little about language and, being fully convinced man is descended from some lower animal, he is forced to believe a priori that language has developed from inarticulate cries.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Max Müller
Date:  3 July 1873
Classmark:  DAR 146: 425
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8962

To Friedrich Max Müller   5 January 1875

Summary

Has read FMM’s article in Contemporary Review [25 (1875): 305–26].

Never suspected FMM was responsible for the Quarterly Review article ["Primitive man", Q. Rev. 137 (1874): 40–77]; knows it was written by Mivart.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Friedrich Max Müller
Date:  5 Jan 1875
Classmark:  John Wilson (dealer) catalogue 89 (October 2002)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9802

From Friedrich Max Müller   7 January 1875

Summary

FMM discusses his reply to George Darwin’s article [see 9711].

Intends within a year to place his whole argument before CD when, he hopes, his difficulties connected with the origin of language will be carefully considered by CD.

Author:  Friedrich Max Müller
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Jan 1875
Classmark:  DAR 171: 285
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9808
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