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From S. T. Preston   20 May 1880

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Thanks for CD’s comments on his paper ["On a point relating to brain dynamics", Nature 22 (1880): 29–30].

Contends that self-interest as a motive for conduct is more salutary than is generally thought, and should be considered in the evolution of morality.

Author:  Samuel Tolver Preston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 May 1880
Classmark:  DAR 174: 61
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12610

From S. T. Preston   5 August 1880

Summary

Sends his paper on "Natural science and morality", notwithstanding CD’s disinclination for the subject. This work parallels H. Spencer’s in the Data of ethics [1879].

Clerk Maxwell and William Thomson have encouraged his work in physics; STP looks for CD’s support on evolution.

Author:  Samuel Tolver Preston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 Aug 1880
Classmark:  DAR 174: 62
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12678

From S. T. Preston   8 August 1880

Summary

Appreciates what CD says about his writing on two diverse subjects. Argues for value of "interdisciplinary approach". Has CD seen the pamphlet, "Physics and ethics" which he co-authored with an anonymous friend?

Author:  Samuel Tolver Preston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 Aug 1880
Classmark:  DAR 174: 63
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12683

From S. T. Preston   24 October 1880

Summary

Regrets the pretentious tone of his 5 Aug letter [12678].

Author:  Samuel Tolver Preston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Oct 1880
Classmark:  DAR 174: 64
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12773

From S. T. Preston   26 October 1880

Summary

His intent in quoting Descent on the law of equal hereditary transmission to both sexes in his article "Evolution and female education" was to support female education.

Author:  Samuel Tolver Preston
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Oct 1880
Classmark:  DAR 174: 65
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-12776
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