[Professor Henry Drummond of Glasgow, exponent of theistic evolution.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry Drummond') [to Rev. W. A. Wilson of Coleraine?], regarding a 'question' concerning a 'well known' name, which he wishes to 'remain a mystery'.

Henry Drummond (1851-1897), Scottish evangelist and biologist; Professor of Natural Science, Free Church College, Glasgow; exponent of theistic evolution; author of 'The Greatest Thing in the World'
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On letterhead of 3 Park Circus, Glasgow; 19 October 1891.
SKU: 21898

Drummond was a leading proponent of theistic evolution. In 1894 he published his 'Ascent of Man', which argued, after John Fiske, that altruism played an important part in the survival of the fittest. His sermon 'The Greatest Thing in the World' was hugely popular, and is still read, particularly in America. His 2pp, 12mp. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded once. Signed 'Henry Drummond.' The recipient is not named, but is probably Rev. William Andrew Wilson (1869-1918), Minister of New Row Presbyterian Church, Coleraine, father of the poet R. N. D. Wilson [Robert Noble Denison Wilson] (1899-1953), from whose papers the item derives. He thanks him for his 'kind note', and asks if he will be 'very much surprised' if Drummond asks him 'not to press' his question, as he has 'a desire to let this remain a mystery'. He asks to be excused 'meantime'. He should have told the recipient 'the name perhaps (it is a well known one)', but he has 'already given a similar answer to others!'