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To Herbert Spencer   10 June [1872]


Expresses his "unbounded admiration" for HS’s article on Martineau ["Mr Martineau on evolution", Contemp. Rev. 20 (1872): 141–54]

and his article on sociology [Contemp. Rev. 19 (1872): 701–18]. CD never believed in the reigning influence of great men on the world’s progress but could not have given his reasons. "Now every one with eyes to see and ears to hear . . . ought to bow their knee to you, as I for one do."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Herbert Spencer
Date:  10 June [1872]
Classmark:  University of London, Senate House Library (MS791/80)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8380

From Herbert Spencer   12 June 1872


HS hopes in the future to show more fully "absolute emptiness" of James Martineau’s propositions; is glad CD approved of his article dealing with JM’s arguments. [J. Martineau, "The place of mind in nature", Contemp. Rev. 19 (1872): 606–23; H. Spencer, "Mr Martineau on evolution", Contemp. Rev. 20 (1872): 141–54.]

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 June 1872
Classmark:  DAR 177: 230
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8384

From Herbert Spencer   16 November 1872


Thanks CD for Expression. Disagrees with his views on the genesis of melody; HS gives some reasons for believing it to originate in the natural cadences of emotional speech.

Author:  Herbert Spencer
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Nov 1872
Classmark:  DAR 177: 231
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8631
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