Thanks WWR for information on the Nehro idea of beauty and other facts relating to expression.
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E. [6 Queen Anne Street, London]
My dear Sir
I have to thank you for two letters: one with a specimenof the insect which protects itself with dead ants &c; but I couldnot detect the protected insects. I suppose that it must be a larva;the larvæ of some beetles are known to protect themselves by casesmade of their own hardened excrement.—f2 Your second letter, June 4th,is full of curious observations: I shall be surprised if you do notmake a very interesting book with an account of your Travels &observations on your return.f3
I am very glad to hear confirmed that negros admire very black negros;but I much wish that time & space had permitted you to enter in somelittle detail on their ideas of beauty.f4 I have to touch on this point& I shall go to press in a few weeks time; but as the chapter in questionis nearly my last, I do not suppose that I shall come to it in theproofs for 3 or 4 months.f5 I have resolved to keep my Essay onExpression in man & animals for subsequent & separate publication.f6
Your case of stone tools is interesting: until lately none hadbeen found in Africa, but quite recently they are reported fromS. Africa & Egypt; & now you fill up the intermediate gap.—f9
With every good wish, pray believe me | My dear Sir |Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin