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Darwin Correspondence Project

From W. M. Moorsom   13 September [1877]

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Summary

Pleased with CD’s interest in temperance. Can he quote CD? Sorry the elephant story is a myth. It fits his argument for temperance: a passion for alcohol is natural [primitive]. Only the morally developed can resist. Moral development will take a long time. Thus education cannot cure alcoholism now. Thus public sale of alcohol must be outlawed. Although he is a follower of J. S. Mill and Herbert Spencer he has been forced to this conclusion.

Summary

Pleased with CD’s interest in temperance. Can he quote CD? Sorry the elephant story is a myth. It fits his argument for temperance: a passion for alcohol is natural [primitive]. Only the morally developed can resist. Moral development will take a long time. Thus education cannot cure alcoholism now. Thus public sale of alcohol must be outlawed. Although he is a follower of J. S. Mill and Herbert Spencer he has been forced to this conclusion.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-11137
From
Warren Maude Moorsom
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Whitehaven
Source of text
DAR 171: 235
Physical description
7pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11137,” accessed on 23 October 2018, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-11137

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