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Commonplace and Notebook (with Darwinian content)

Commonplace and Notebook (with Darwinian content) by PEYTON, William W [Charles Darwin, T H Huxley, Herbert Spencer] (1895)

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Author: PEYTON, William W [Charles Darwin, T H Huxley, Herbert Spencer]
Title: Commonplace and Notebook
Year: 1895
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: Dundee
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
Price: £250
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pp 284 (80,000 words) Intellectually ambitious manuscript notebook by a published Dundee cleric who writes about Herbert Spencer, T H Huxley, 'Books', 'Calvinism', 'Readings in the Dresden Library', 'Danube, Sources of' and via an excursion on Edwin Ray 'Lankester on Degeneration' to 'Darwin's hypotheses are thus, Have not all living things been produced by the same laws of physics and chemistry which have produced all other things. Lyell had shown.... Darwin had his genius to take up this hypothesis for all life...' Substantial quarto soundly bound in worn half burgundy roan over oatmeal buckram, stained, with blue marbled endpapers. An index makes it easy to navigate Peyton's thought and there are frequent manuscript and printed inserts. A significant portion of this voluminous manuscript is devoted to religion and theology but Peyton was widely read and intellectually active, recording in a brief autobiographical passage his key influences as the missionary John Murray Mitchell, 'Then came Dr Hugh Miller, physician who pushed me forward, and placed me under care of Professor Henderson' and finally 'Dr John Wilson F.R.S' with 'Rev. George Brown of the American Mission, very able man, a mystic, who gave up his salary that he may find a living for himself while working as a missionary..' Peyton published his criticisms of Herbert Spencer in the Contemporary Review and several sections of this manuscript seems to be drafts of published writings. Certainly worthy of further research. Towards the end of his career when this works was written Peyton was vicar of St Luke's Church, Dundee.
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