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To E. B. Aveling   13 October 1880


Publication of EA’s remarks on CD’s writings requires no consent on CD’s part. CD would prefer that no part or volume be dedicated to him as it would imply his general approval of the publication, of which he knows nothing. Though he is a strong advocate of free-thought CD feels that direct attacks on Christianity and theism produce hardly any effect. Freedom of thought is best promoted by gradual illumination of men’s minds produced by advance of science. Has therefore avoided writing on religion though "I may have been unduly biassed by the pain which it would give members of my family, if I aided in any way direct attacks on religion".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Bibbens Aveling
Date:  13 Oct 1880
Classmark:  International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam (Karl Marx / Friedrich Engels Papers D. 1014)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12757

To E. B. Aveling   11 August [1881]


Thanks EBA for his book [see 13283]. Has no objection to people differing from him or carrying his arguments further than he would consider safe.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Edward Bibbens Aveling
Date:  11 Aug [1881]
Classmark:  DAR 202: 27
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13287
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