From Frederick F. Geach June 1867
My dear Sir,
I enclose the result of a few observations on Malays who have not had any communications with Europeans, and beg to assure you I feel a pleasure in making any memoranda that will be of the slightest Assistance.2
I feel sorry your queries did not reach me before I visited the Aborigines in Feby,—nevertheless I shall meet with the difficult parts in time, I have made a Copy of your letter for my Friend A. E. Hart, Timor, a Gentleman well known to Mr. Wallace and an admirer of a certain book in that Gentlemans possession I hope to get his reply within 12 mos, when I will enclose it to you.3
Please inform me if this mode of answering is in accordance with your 19th. clause,4
With best wishes for your improved health. | Yours very truly | F. F. Geach
C. Darwin Esq.
Peninsula of Johore.5
Reply to Queries.6
No.1— It will be a long time before I can get an opportunity of seeing the expression.
" 2. With 3 natives to the breasts.
=I think it covers the whole body=
One Chinese = The whole body
" 3 In 3 or 4 mos. I may get a few subjects.
" 4 Corners of the mouth depressed.
Chin in wrinkles.
Frowns, Contracts eye brow.
do Frowns and looks down.
do Brow wrinkles head raised
6 ) I have not had an opportunity of seeing the expressions
10) difficult and will take months to answer=
13. You have beautifully expressed the Native actions
16— require more time and better opportunities
All from Natives who have NO communication with Europeans=
F. F. Geach
Encloses observations on Malays who have not had communication with Europeans [in answer to CD’s queries about expression].
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5557,” accessed on 29 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5557