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From William Winwood Reade   19 May 1868

Summary

Going to the Gold Coast. Will collect plants for Kew.

Offers his services. Particularly interested in making inquiries for CD about the human race.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  19 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 176: 33
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6186

From W. W. Reade   23 May 1868

Summary

Will answer CD’s queries from Africa.

Reports extreme amazement of some natives in Gabon upon seeing a white man for the first time.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  23 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 176: 34
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6202

From W. W. Reade   28 June [1869]

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Horned rams of Guinea sheep.

CD’s queries about expression are too difficult for him to answer.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 June [1869]
Classmark:  DAR 86: A32–3
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6260

From William Winwood Reade   17 January 1869

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Expressions of emotions in Gold Coast tribes.

Differences between males and females in sexual characteristics.

Castrated rams lose horns and manes.

Female members of tribes have no difficulty getting the husbands they want.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Jan 1869
Classmark:  DAR 83: 165–6
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6558

To W. W. Reade   21 May [1868]

Summary

Thanks WWR for information in answer to his queries concerning expression.

Asks when horns first appear among a breed of sheep on the Guinea coast,

and for information about the gorilla and chimpanzee.

Asks about African ideas of beauty.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Winwood Reade
Date:  21 May [1868]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.371)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6754

From W. W. Reade   26 December 1869

Summary

Has seen some natives who express surprise by clapping the hand to mouth.

Reports on a tribe that sells its ugliest slaves in order to maintain its uniformly fine appearance.

In America in 1867 Darwinism was a fait accompli. Asa Gray’s religious defence unnecessary after Theodore Parker and Emerson.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  26 Dec 1869
Classmark:  DAR 176: 35
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7036

From William Winwood Reade   [c. 8 or 9 April 1870]

Summary

Brief observations on expression in Africa.

Alexander Agassiz is a good investigator, who differs with his father on evolution.

The behaviour of women and savages is a little easier to understand than that of civilised men.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [8 or 9] Apr 1870
Classmark:  DAR 176: 36
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7069

From W. W. Reade   24 April 1870

Summary

Sends insect that carries dead ants, dead leaves, etc., on its back, as protective imitation.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  24 Apr 1870
Classmark:  DAR 176: 37
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7172

From W. W. Reade   4 June 1870

Summary

The Negro’s idea of beauty is the same as white man’s.

Believes the Jollops select for blackness.

Native immunity from coast fever is not complete.

Has found stone instruments.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 June 1870
Classmark:  DAR 176: 38
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7216

To W. W. Reade   30 June [1870]

Summary

Thanks WWR for information on the Nehro idea of beauty and other facts relating to expression.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  William Winwood Reade
Date:  30 June [1870]
Classmark:  DAR 96: 79–80
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7255

From W. W. Reade   3 September 1870

Summary

Could not go up the Niger, as trading steamers are trying to keep their trade in the dark.

Has seen several albinos, but no blushing. Thinks blacks do blush.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Sept 1870
Classmark:  DAR 176: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7315

From W. W. Reade   6 November 1870

Summary

W. C. Wells’s theory relating black skin-colour and immunity to malaria may be true. Has seen Negroes come down with fever, but these were generally light in colour.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Nov 1870
Classmark:  DAR 176: 40
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7359

From W. W. Reade   9 November 1870

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Ideas of female beauty of W. African Negroes are on the whole the same as those of Europeans.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 Nov 1870
Classmark:  DAR 85: 109–112
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7363

From W. W. Reade   11 November 1870

Summary

Pleased CD is quoting him in Descent.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  11 Nov 1870
Classmark:  DAR 176: 41
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7367

From W. W. Reade   20 December 1870

Summary

CD is correct; his notes are on the Jollof, not the Tollof, tribe.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  20 Dec 1870
Classmark:  DAR 176: 42
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7399

From W. W. Reade   6 January [1871]

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On sexual selection and the sense of beauty among the W. African Negroes.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  6 Jan [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 89: 170–1
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7429

From W. W. Reade   10 January 1871

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Sends quotation about Lycurgus and Spartan exposure of infants who were deemed defective.

Bibliographic references on sense of beauty and morals.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  10 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 87: 140
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7435

From W. W. Reade   16 January 1871

Summary

Meeting with CD postponed.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 43
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7443

From W. W. Reade   31 January 1871

Summary

Thinks G. H. Lewes will review Descent in Pall Mall Gazette.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Jan 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 44
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7468

From W. W. Reade   1 February 1871

Summary

Sir Andrew Smith says Hottentots and Kaffirs laugh till they cry.

Author:  William Winwood Reade
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  1 Feb 1871
Classmark:  DAR 176: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7473
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