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To James Crichton-Browne   8 February 1871

Summary

Will send copy of Descent.

Comments on JC-B’s MS on expression among insane. Asks about weeping in insane men. Do idiots laugh when pleased?

Thanks for photographs of insane. Asks for additional photographs.

Comments on Henry Maudsley [Body and mind (1870)].

Pointed ears in the insane.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  8 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 143: 333
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7478

From James Crichton-Browne   16 February 1871

Summary

Values CD’s approbation more than that of anyone else now living.

CD’s "searching questions". Sends answers separately.

Offers his observation on morbid pigmentation of skin.

Offers photographs of abnormal features in patients – ears with bristles, women with two sets of nipples.

Encloses notes on weeping and laughter in the insane.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 312
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7484

From James Crichton-Browne   19 February 1871

Summary

Thanks for Descent.

Offers photo of patient with a second small milk-giving nipple on one breast, and of man with bristles on his ears, which come somewhat to a point.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 313
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7492

To James Crichton-Browne   20 February [1871]

Summary

JC-B’s MS most useful.

P. Gratiolet’s observations on contraction and dilation of pupils of eye of a person in extreme terror. Has JC-B ever observed this? Expression has been his hobby-horse for 30 years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  20 Feb [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 334
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7499

To James Crichton-Browne   28 March [1871]

Summary

Asks whether capillary circulation is ever influenced by the mind’s being directed intently to any part of the body.

Has JC-B ever seen idiots blush? JC-B’s MS on blushing is capital.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  28 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 335
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7635

From James Crichton-Browne   29 March 1871

Summary

Sends scraps of information. Everything he has sent is unreservedly at CD’s disposal.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 Mar 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 314
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7643

From James Crichton-Browne   [29–31 March 1871]

Summary

On the power of concentration to influence body organs.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [29–31 Mar 1871]
Classmark:  DAR 161: 324
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7649

From James Crichton-Browne   3 April 1871

Summary

Sends photographs of general paralytics. Expressions of exaltation of [these?] patients do not come out well in the photographs.

Is experimenting with idiots under his care. Has been unable to produce a blush in any one of them.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 53.1: A30, C134–6; DAR 161: 315
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7658

To James Crichton-Browne   7 April [1871]

Summary

Thanks for information about blushing of idiots.

Case of pregnant woman "truly wonderful".

Thanks for photographs.

Has found London photographer, O. G. Rejlander, with passion for photographing expression.

Received information about iris of eye from F. C. Donders; shows contraction and dilation of pupil is very complex.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  7 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 336
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7666

To James Crichton-Browne   9 April [1871]

Summary

Asks JC-B to read CD’s MS on confusion of mind, which often or generally accompanies blushing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  9 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 337
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7672

To James Crichton-Browne   12 April 1871

Summary

Discusses blushing. CD believes confusion of mind alone can account for it. Sends MS for JC-B’s comments and corrections.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  12 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 143: 338
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7678

From James Crichton-Browne   16 April 1871

Summary

Is sending notes on blushing. Offers information on physiology and pathology of blushing.

Has sent photograph of seven imbeciles in one family.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 316, 195.1: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7689

To James Crichton-Browne   18 April 1871

Summary

Comments on notes by JC-B on relation between blushing and mental disturbance. Asks for further information about blushing. "The single pencil line down this MS is my mark that I have used it once."

Thanks for "dreadful photo of the imbeciles".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  18 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 143: 339; DAR 185: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7698

From James Crichton-Browne   18 August 1871

Summary

Sends CD a volume of West Riding Lunatic Asylum Medical Reports [1 (1871)], which contains some observations on blushing.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Aug 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 317
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7910

To James Crichton-Browne   2 November [1871]

Summary

Asks JC-B to observe whether platysma muscle contracts during rigor or shivering fit.

Is just recommencing his essay on expression.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  2 Nov [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 340
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8047

To James Crichton-Browne   26 March [1871]

Summary

Has sent photographs of insane woman to be engraved. Assumes JC-B has no objection.

Is making immense use of JC-B’s MS. The book ought to be described as "by Darwin & Browne".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  26 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 341
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8253
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