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From John Morley   26 March 1871

Flexford House, | near Guildford.

March 26. 71.

Dear Sir,

Mr. Greenwood, the editor of the ‘Pall Mall Gazette’, has forwarded me the letter wh. you have done me the honour to write on the subject of my review of your last book.1 I cannot lose any time in thanking you for writing, and I beg to do so very sincerely. I will, with your permission, defer replying to it more fully for two or three days, because I am just now writing a further piece on your views of Conscience, and my health is unluckily so indifferent that I can work but little, and I should wish to answer your letter with the care wh. it deserves.2

Meanwhile, I only hope that I said nothing inconsistent with the greatest diffidence in my own right to speak of your work, or with a profound respect and admiration for its author.

I have the honour to be | Yours very ffully, | John Morley.

Charles Darwin, Esq.


See enclosure to letter to Frederick Greenwood, 24 March [1871]. Morley refers to Descent.
Morley refers to his article ‘Mr. Darwin on conscience’ ([Morley] 1871b), which appeared in the 12 April 1871 issue of the Pall Mall Gazette. See also letter from John Morley, 30 March 1871.


Thanks for CD’s letter on his review of Descent in the Pall Mall Gazette [21 Mar 1871].

Letter details

Letter no.
John Morley, Viscount Morley of Blackburn
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Flexford House
Source of text
DAR 171: 242
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7628,” accessed on 31 March 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19