RECORD: Litchfield, H. E. 2.1871. [Recollections of Darwin's Religious opinions]. CUL-DAR262.23.10 (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker 5.2006 and revised 10.2006, corrections by John van Wyhe 9.2010. RN3

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Q as note to Auto[biography] Cambridge

Religious opinions Feb 1871

When a boy at school used to go home in half holidays & run back as hard as he cd to be in time for calling over. always waited up to the last minute & then ran & prayed as he ran, firmly believed the prayer had a v. good effect.

When abt 16 Whilst at school read Law's Serious Call1 which has a gt effect on his mind for nearly a year

copied in my copy of Auto

Quite orthodox all thro' the Voyage of the Beagle. Remembers saying on some occasions, forgets what on board ship, "Well, if the Bible is true that is wrong, you know" wh. was received with roars of laughter - tho' the officers were religious men.

1 William Law (1686-1761), Law 1729.

Q as note to Auto[biography] Cambridge] in pencil.

copied in my copy of Auto] in pencil in a different handwriting.

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