Blushing in boys blind from birth. Has got information from R. H. Blair, the principal of a college for the blind.
I was at Worcester yesterday, & went to the blind school, which I
found very interesting; the Master M
I am sure any other questions you might put to him, he would be very glad to answer; he said he was reading some German book on the blind, & if he came across anything he would let me know.
The way they do arithmetic algebra trigonometry is wonderful. he has one boy now staying with him on vacation from Dublin University, & he hopes he will take a very high degree & become professor of something or other.
Please tell Hen. I went to the Worcester porcelain works, & was smit with a small triplet flower-vase, & as a chip had take the edge off the price, I yielded after a struggle, & she will receive it in a day or so
It is splendid your getting a new edition out in America so soon.
I hope you are all brisk.
I am better, & only have one bath a day.
Your affect son | W E Darwin
- f1 6069.f1The date is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to W. E. Darwin, 25 March .
- f2 6069.f2In Expression pp. 311--12, CD reported the observation of Robert Hugh Blair, principal of Worcester College for the Blind Sons of Gentlemen, that three children born blind were `great blushers'. CD also referred to Blair's remarks on the blind in the concluding chapter of Expression, p. 352, as explicable on the understanding that most expressive actions were inherited, rather than learned.
- f3 6069.f3Presumably William wrote `Worcester' in mistake for another town; the other master has not been identified.
- f4 6069.f4William refers to Henrietta Emma Darwin. The Royal Porcelain Company had premises at Diglis Street, Worcester (Post Office directory of Birmingham 1868).
- f5 6069.f5William refers to Variation US ed. See letter to W. E. Darwin, 25 March  and n. 4.
- f6 6069.f6William was undergoing the water cure at Great Malvern (see letter from Henrietta Emma Darwin to George Howard Darwin, [March 1868], DAR 245: 281).
- f7 6069.f7CD included this information from Blair in Expression, p. 312.