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To William Graham   3 July 1881

Summary

Praises WG’s Creed of science.

He disagrees that the existence of natural laws implies purpose, but his "inmost conviction" is that "the Universe is not the result of chance". But then has horrid doubt whether convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from lower animals, are at all trustworthy.

Believes natural selection is doing more for progress of civilisation than WG admits.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Graham
Date:  3 July 1881
Classmark:  DAR 144: 345
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13230

To William Graham   5 August 1881

Summary

Thanks him for his letter. "I am not a quick thinker or a good talker and you would learn nothing from me on the many important subjects you have discussed."

Suggests meeting in London in lieu of a visit to Down.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Graham
Date:  5 Aug 1881
Classmark:  DAR 139: 12
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-13276
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