From Emma Darwin to F. P. Cobbe [25 February 1871]1
6 Queen Anne St
My dear Miss Cobbe
Many thanks for your taking the trouble to write.2 Mr Murray seemed to think that he had made an unreasonable fuss in the matter.3 We want to see the Echo, tho’ not so much as if you had written it.4 The papers we have seen are quite mild & civil.
Mr Darwin says that he knows so well how much you & many others will disapprove of the moral sense part that he will not be surprised at any degree of vigour in your attack.5
He does not know to what you refer when you say that he does not distinguish between regret & repentance or remorse, he remembers reflecting on the wide & obvious distinction. It appears to him that as long as hatred is felt against any one, the social instincts are overmastered & there is no room for repentance. But no doubt he will understand what you mean when he reads your article.
If you should come to Mr Martineau’s tomorrow do look in at No 6 Q. Anne St where we are—6
Speaking in my private capacity I quite agree with you. I think the course of all modern thought is “desolating” as removing God further off. But I do not know whether his views on the moral sense would exclude Spiritual influence though not included in his theory—
So you see I am a traitor in the camp.
With very kind regards to Miss Lloyd.7 | Yours very truly | Emma Darwin
Discusses CD’s and her own views on ‘moral sense’.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7516F,” accessed on 22 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7516F