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To J. F. McLennan   10 November [1874]

Summary

Will send Alexis Giraud-Teulon’s book [Origines de la famille (1874)], which he has received but not read, if JFM cares to read it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Ferguson McLennan
Date:  10 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  R. F. Batchelder (dealer), Catalogue 44 (n.d.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9715

From J. F. McLennan   3 February 1874

Summary

Discusses the evolution of marriage systems; considers the scheme of development CD proposes: 1. Polygyny and monogamy; 2. Polyandry; 3. Promiscuity; 4. Polygyny and monogamy in recurrence. Explains what he understands by promiscuity. JFM believes that polygyny, monogamy, and polyandry must have occurred in "every district from the first, and grown up together into systems sanctioned by usage first and then law". Considers polygyny necessarily the privilege of the few and, as a system, believes it had less to do than any other with the history of marriage. He sees polyandry as an advance from promiscuity and the stage at which contractual obligations between men and their wives begin.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Feb 1874
Classmark:  McLennan 1896, pp. 50–5
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9264

From J. F. McLennan   5 May 1874

Summary

Would like to see C. S. Wake’s paper ["Marriage among primitive peoples", Anthropologia 1 (1873–5): 197–207].

Will return L. H. Morgan’s work [? Systems of consanguinity (1871)].

Murray suggests Macmillan’s are more likely to reprint JFMcL’s Primitive marriage.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  5 May 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 20
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9442

From J. F. McLennan   8 May 1874

Summary

Thanks for issue of Anthropologia. Would be pleased if CD would write to Murray on his behalf.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  8 May 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 21
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9447

From J. F. McLennan   13 May 1874

Summary

Bernard Quaritch interested in reprinting Primitive marriage.

Author:  John Ferguson McLennan
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 May 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 22
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9458
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