Sends MS chapter on voice from Expression to HL for examination.
Agrees with R. B. Litchfield about Herbert Spencer’s views on speech and music.
My dear Henrietta
I shall send off today or on Monday, registered, the M.S. on theuse of the Voice for Expression.f2 It is an extremely poor affair,but I must say something, & have nothing worth saying. I have no copy of the M.S. so please lock it up carefully,for I hate it to that extent that it wd. break my heart towrite it again.— Keep it till we come to London, & very niceit will be then to see you.—f3 No doubt style wants improving,but I am sick of altering it.— Pray ask Litchfield whetherI have succeeded in giving what he means. I do not know whether heever was thanked for his M.S. which I was very glad to read severaltimes over,f4 & shall keep for the Descent, in case I shd wish tocorrect the part about music.f5 For the present work music comes inonly quite subordinately. I agree with Litchfield, & had come tothe conclusion before that Spencer does not really explaincause of change in pitch, intervals &c &c neither in emotionalspeech nor in music.f6 But it seems to me very good to point out,as Spencer has done, that they are connected.— George hasindoctrinated me a little & shown me passages in Helmholtz.f7
If you find any sentences “the most horrid which you ever readin your life”—pray correct them; but do not bother yourselfabout corrections.f8
Poor dear soul I have been very sorry that you have kept so poorly,& you seem to me wonderfully patient.f9
Your affectionate Father | C. Darwin