CD's queries on expression.
Sends photo of a native Australian.
Hayes | Bromley, Kent.
My dear M
Enclosed is the only black fellow I have got.
``Mr Tincan'' is a capital specimen of the race & very characteristic of the better tribes in Victoria.
He was a very steady & intelligent fellow, for a black fellow, & live<d, for> some time as a stock keeper, with a friend of mine; a perfect mode<l of> propriety, except, for a few weeks periodically, when, like almost every other ``civilised'' black fellow that I ever heard of, he insisted upon having his ``fling'' & taking to his Opossum skin would run quite wild amongst his dusky companions. He had rather a ludicrous taste for the fine arts, & I have got some pictures of his which I should be glad to rout out some day & shew you.
Please let me have the Photograph back when you have done with it.
In addition to the list of enquiries as to the emotions, of which I enclosed a reply in my last, I have sent a list of them to a gentleman in <Quee>nsland & also to one in South Australia, who will I am sure take great pains about them, so that you should be very thoroughly informed as to the Australian natives.
A mention in y
For some years I had a cattle station of my own & between my place & some almost inaccessible ranges, a little settler sat down & earned an honest livelihood by breeding a few cattle. <He> was greatly annoyed by the wild dogs which in those days, were <very nu>merous particularly amongst the hills, & finding < > <Kangeroo> dogs, altho very good for their principal <pu>rsuit, had not courage enough to deal with the wild dogs <h>e took up to his station a very fine bull dog of a high pedigree, with a view of introducing the necessary spirit. He chained up his prize close to his hut & doubtless hugged himself in the belief, that he should soon be upon a much better footing with his enemy. But the wild dogs did not enter into the experiment at all in a corresponding spirit, & almost directly after the arrival of the bull dog they held a cabinet council amongst themselves to consider the merits of the case, & after voting by acclamation an entire want of confidence in the new arrival, they took the
- f1 5916.f1CD had requested photographs of Australian aboriginal people in his letter to Wilson of 20 February .
- f2 5916.f2On the aboriginal peoples of Victoria, Australia, see Barwick 1972. `Mr Tincan' has not been identified.
- f3 5916.f3The gentleman in Queensland was probably Dyson Lacy (see letter from Dyson Lacy, [before 13 August 1868]). In Expression, p. 20, CD noted that through Wilson he had received thirteen sets of answers to his queries.
- f4 5916.f4Wilson refers to Variation 1: 41.