RECORD: Campbell, George (Duke of Argyll). 1882.04.24. Letter to George Howard Darwin. CUL-DAR215.6a. Edited by John van Wyhe (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe 11.2021. Corrections by Anne Secord 4.2022. RN2

NOTE: See record in the Darwin Online manuscript catalogue, enter its Identifier here. Reproduced with permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library and William Huxley Darwin.

"Campbell, George John Douglas, 8th Duke of Argyll, 1823-1900. Statesman and geologist. 1847 8th Duke. 1851 FRS. 1862 C reviewed Orchids in Edinburgh Rev. 1864 C addressed Royal Society of Edinburgh anti-Origin. 1867 CD to Huxley about C's Reign of law, "Dukelets?, how can you speak so of a living real Duke?" CCD15:15. 1867 CD to Kingsley about Reign of law, "very well written, very interesting, honest & clever & very arrogant." CCD15:297. 1881 C "I wish Mr. Darwin's disciples would imitate a little of the dignified reticence of their master. He walks with a patient and a stately step along the paths of conscientious observation". ML1:396. 1882 C was Pallbearer at CD's funeral. Main works relating to evolution: 1867 The reign of law. 1884 The unity of nature. 1885 recollection of CD in 1882 in What is science? The substance of a lecture delivered in Glasgow. Good Words. (Apr.), pp. 243-4, (F2176), transcribed in Darwin Online. In it C said he had seen letters where writers "rejoiced in Darwin simply because they thought that Darwin had dispensed with God, and that he had discovered some process entirely independent of Design which eliminated altogether the idea of a personal Creator of the universe." But C felt sure that that was not the attitude of CD's own mind." (Paul van Helvert & John van Wyhe, Darwin: A Companion, 2021)


[To GHD]

Argyll Lodge, Kensington.

Ap: 24 / 82

Dear Mr Darwin

I am very sorry to say that as the D[uche]ss is only recovering from a severe & dangerous illness she will be unable to


have the sad satisfaction of taking advantage of yr kind proposal

Allow me to assure you how much I was gratified by yr request that I shd be one of the Pall Bearers at the funeral of yr illustrious Father

Yours truly


G. H. Darwin [Esq]

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