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From E. B. Aveling   12 October 1880


Mentions CD’s approval of earlier articles on CD’s works, and requests approval and permission to dedicate to CD a second work on CD’s thought for the International Library of Science and Free-thought.

Author:  Edward Bibbens Aveling
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Oct 1880
Classmark:  DAR 159: 133
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12754

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
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