Forwards answers from Charles Walter to some of CD's queries about expression.
12 Septbr 67
Lieber Herr Doctor.
To Charles Darwin Esq. with Ferd Muellers best salutation 8/10/67.
12 September 67
Saturday the 7th I arrived here on my tour to Mount Buller; on
Sunday I had the pleasure of seeing clearly and distinctly this
majestic mountain covered with snow; we have unfortunately had rain
every day since and these alpine mountains have been enveloped in
clouds. I plan to stay in this area for a couple of weeks, to climb Mt
Buller and Timbertop and to photograph some views, should a good
opportunity arise. The reason for these lines is to thank you warmly
for your kind support and advice in the planning of this tour. When in
the Mount Buller Range, I will not fail to direct my attention to the
lichens and fungi, and if I can be of service to your department in
any other way during my stay here, please let me know. In response to
- f1 5626.f1Mueller wrote this in the margin of Charles Walter's letter to him. CD had asked Mueller to forward a handwritten list of his queries about expression to missionaries or colonists who might be in contact with Aborigines (see letter to Ferdinand von Mueller, 28 February ; the queries are transcribed as an enclosure to that letter).
- f2 5626.f2For a translation of the German portion of the letter, see Appendix II.
- f3 5626.f3Mount Buller, Victoria, Australia, is about 150 miles north-east of Melbourne.
- f4 5626.f4Timbertop is a mountain adjacent to Mount Buller.
- f5 5626.f5Mueller was director of the Botanical Gardens, Melbourne.
- f6 5626.f6Walter refers to CD's queries on expression (see n. 1, above). Framlingham, a settlement near Warrnambool, Victoria, became a mission in 1865, when the Central Board for the Protection of Aborigines gave permission to the Church of England Mission to the Aborigines of Victoria to occupy the site (Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia).
- f7 5626.f7Mary Green was the wife of the superintendent of Coranderrk Aboriginal Station near Healesville, Victoria (Barwick 1972, p. 23; Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia). CD acknowledged her contribution in Expression, p. 20.
- f8 5626.f8The native population of Coranderrk was composed of members of the five tribes of the Kulin confederacy, the Woiwurrung, Jajowrong, Bunurong, Wudthaurung, and Taungerong (see Barwick 1972, pp. 18--25). In 1868, the Kulin population included sixteen half-castes (Barwick 1972, p. 35). Lubra: an Aboriginal woman (Chambers).
- f9 5626.f9Mansfield, Victoria.