Returns copy of Duchenne (found in cupboard) with notes [see 7221].
Sends photograph of woman patient with hair standing on end.
West Riding Asylum, | Wakefield.
6. June— 1870.
My dear Sir,
I am ashamed to write to you & infinitely distressed to contemplate all the annoyance & trouble that my negligence may have occasioned you. Enclosure was given to my man-servant to pack up. He did so & placed it in a cupboard where it was again forgotten.
Today I have myself seen it despatched by rail carriage—pre-paid. Will you kindly let me have one line to say whether it arrives in safety.
Enclosed in Duchenne (at the beginning) you will find a few crude notes on expression. I promise more, in a little time, although I fear you will scarcely trust to me after all my carelessness. Bear in mind, in extenuation of my faults that I am one of the hardest worked men in her Majestys Dominions. As a rule I toil daily from 8. a.m. to 11. pm. contending all the while with bad health & great anxiety.
I send you a photograph of a female patient in the Southern
Counties Asylum, Dumfries N.B. under the care of D
We are beginning to take large photographs here, the size of Duchennes & will I think secure some interesting observations. I shall send you some. Is there any point connected with expression that you would particularly wish to have illustrated?
With sincere apologies & profound esteem, | I am, |
Yours most faithfully | J. Crichton-Browne
Charles Darwin Esq &c &c
- f1 7220.f1Crichton-Browne refers to the `Atlas' to Duchenne 1862 (see letter to James Crichton-Browne, 2 April ). The man-servant has not been identified.
- f2 7220.f2See memorandum from James Crichton-Browne, [6 June 1870].
- f3 7220.f3The photograph is probably that in DAR 53.1: 68, reproduced in Expression, p. 296. See plate on p. ????. For an earlier photograph of a woman with bristling hair sent by Crichton-Browne, see Correspondence vol. 17, enclosure to letter from Henry Maudsley, 20 May 1869. James Gilchrist had succeeded Crichton-Browne's father, William Alexander Francis Browne, as medical superintendent of the Crichton Royal Institution in 1857; the Southern Counties Asylum was part of the institution. N.B.: North Britain.
- f4 7220.f4Crichton-Browne refers to the large photographs in Guillaume Benjamin Amand Duchenne's `Atlas' to his work on expression (Duchenne 1862).