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From Hensleigh Wedgwood   [March 1870]1

1 Cumberland Place, | Regent’s Park. N.W.

“Here the grey man expressed his astonishment and disapprobation by a prolonged whistle”

—Wenderholme II. 91.2

This is the interjection whew! But why does disagreeable surprise so express itself? I think it is rather when something turns out the contrary of what one expects.

The fox scheming to catch a goose would picture to himself the goose in some of its usual haunts, then he would imagine some way of pouncing upon it,

CD annotations

3.1 This … itself?] scored blue crayon
4.1 The fox … it, 4.2] crossed pencil
Top of letter: ‘H. Wedgwood | March 1870’ pencil


The date is established by CD’s annotation at the top of the letter.
Hamerton 1869.


On the expression of disagreeable surprise.

Letter details

Letter no.
Hensleigh Wedgwood
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Cumberland Place, 1
Source of text
DAR 181: 56
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7122,” accessed on 21 September 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18