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From J. F. Moulton   10 December 1879

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At CD’s request he has read Malcolm Guthrie’s book [On Mr Spencer’s formula of evolution (1879)], which is a critique of First principles. He finds it a helpful clarification of Spencer’s views; however, it is as pseudo-scientific as the book it criticises.

Author:  John Fletcher Moulton, Baron Moulton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 171: 278
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12350

From J. F. Moulton   13 December 1879

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Herbert Spencer, though not the scientific thinker he sees himself to be, was extremely important in conditioning the generation’s acceptance of evolution. Compares Spencer and Robert Chambers as teachers, rather than discoverers, of new ideas.

Author:  John Fletcher Moulton, Baron Moulton
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Dec 1879
Classmark:  DAR 171: 279
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12356
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