Charles Darwin's wife used to call him "my own dear Nigger"

sullysully Posts: 4,447
edited January 2013 in For The Grown & Sexy
For a more personal peek into Darwin's life there is a letter from his wife Emma on her concerns about Darwin's dwindling faith (Emma was much more religious than him). She wrote:
May not the habit in scientific pursuits of believing nothing till it is proved, influence your mind too much in other things which cannot be proved in the same way, & which if true are likely to be above our comprehension.
Later in the same letter she refers to Darwin as "my own dear Nigger". This is a strange term of affection to modern ears, but was probably an ironic reference to him being her "slave" - a phrase she uses in other letters. Darwin was a staunch abolitionist and wrote in several places that he abhorred slavery.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2008/apr/16/itatreasuretroveof

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