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To W. M. Moorsom   11 September [1877]


Thinks most monkeys would become habituated to alcohol if they could get it.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Warren Maude Moorsom
Date:  11 Sept [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 146: 385
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11134

From W. M. Moorsom   10 September 1877


In Descent [1: 12] CD discusses intoxication among animals. South African elephants reportedly eat a plant that makes them wild.

Author:  Warren Maude Moorsom
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Sept 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 234
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11132

From W. M. Moorsom   13 September [1877]


Pleased with CD’s interest in temperance. Can he quote CD? Sorry the elephant story is a myth. It fits his argument for temperance: a passion for alcohol is natural [primitive]. Only the morally developed can resist. Moral development will take a long time. Thus education cannot cure alcoholism now. Thus public sale of alcohol must be outlawed. Although he is a follower of J. S. Mill and Herbert Spencer he has been forced to this conclusion.

Author:  Warren Maude Moorsom
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  13 Sept [1877]
Classmark:  DAR 171: 235
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11137

From W. M. Moorsom   28 October 1877


Sends extract reporting elephants that get drunk on a plant.

Author:  Warren Maude Moorsom
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 Oct 1877
Classmark:  DAR 171: 236
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11214
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