Horned rams of Guinea sheep.
CD's queries about expression are too difficult for him to answer.
C/o Charles Heddle Esq. | Sierra Leone—
June 28. '68
I have just returned from the interior after an absence of five months & return tomorrow with the hope of discovering Source of Niger which is not far from here but in a very awkward locality— I shall be absent probably 3 months & if I can be of any use to you pray write & instruct me— I must confess that your queries about expression are too difficult for me to answer. I do not possess the faculty of seizing a fugitive change of feature especially when unprepared for it.
I saw a blue-eyed negress in the interior pure African, & not abnormal in respect of complexion &c. She was brownish but not more so than average of her tribe— Hilly country.
I remain | Yours truly | W. Winwood Reade
Charles Darwin E
- f1 6260.f1Reade dated this letter 1868 in error. Reade travelled to Africa in mid-1868 (Correspondence vol. 16, letter from W. W. Reade, 19 May 1868), and wrote to CD on 17 January 1869 that he was about to travel in search of the source of the river Niger, from which expedition he had evidently just returned. See also Reade 1873, vol. 2.
- f2 6260.f2Reade refers to Thomas Tickel. CD had asked Reade to investigate the age at which rams' horns appeared in his letter of 21 May  (Correspondence vol. 16). CD reported this observation, which he credited to Reade, in Descent 1: 289--90 n. 27. Badagry is now spelled Badagri.
- f3 6260.f3This text is a draft of Descent 1: 289--90 n. 27.