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From Samuel Butler to Francis Darwin   [before 30 May 1872]

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Sends drawings of dogs in different attitudes, drawn by his friend A. May. FD should not trouble CD unless he thinks the drawings will please him. [See Expression, pp. 54–5.]

Author:  Samuel Butler
Addressee:  Francis Darwin
Date:  [before 30 May 1872]
Classmark:  DAR 106: A6–7
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8305

From Samuel Butler   11 May 1872

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His chapter on machines in Erewhon has been misunderstood as laughing at the Origin. He was only trying to show how an absurd proposition can be defended with a little ingenuity, distortion, and departure from strict scientific method. Will explain in a second edition, if one is called for.

Author:  Samuel Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 May 1872
Classmark:  DAR 106: A3–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8318

From Samuel Butler   30 May 1872

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Thanks CD for his note and cheque for young May.

Will send copy of second edition of Erewhon, in which he has set himself straight about "having intended no villainy by the machines". [See 8318.]

Author:  Samuel Butler
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 May 1872
Classmark:  DAR 106: A8–10
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8361