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From Ferdinand von Mueller   8 October 1867

To Charles Darwin Esq. with Ferd Muellers best salutation 8/10/67.1

[Enclosure]2

Mansfield

12 Septbr 67

Lieber Herr Doctor.

Sonnabend d 7’ts kam ich hier, an meiner Tour nach Mount Buller,3 am Sonntag hatte ich die Freude diesen majestätischen Berg mit seiner Schneekappe klar und deutlich zu sehen, seitdem haben wir leider täglich Regen gehabt und sind diese Alpenberge in Wolken eingehüllt, ich beabsichtige in dieser Gegend ein paar Wochen zu verweilen Mt Buller wie Timbertop4 zu besteigen und Ansichten aufnehmen soweit sich mir diese schöne Gelegenheit zu Gebote steht. Der Zweck dieser Zeilen ist, Ihnen hiermit meinen wärmsten Dank abzustatten für die freundliche Unterstützung und Rath zur Unternehmung dieser Tour; wenn in den Mt Buller Ranges werde ich nicht versäumen mein Augenmerk auch auf Flechten u Schwämme zu lenken und könnte ich sonst während meiner Anwesenheit hier für Ihr Departement5 hier anderweitig nützlich sein so bitte Sie recht freundlichst es mir mittheilen lassen zu wollen. Auf meine eingesandten Queries des Hn Chs Darwin bekam ich von der Missionsstation Framlingham erst vor ca. 8 Tagen die Antwort, dass die Eingebornen dort zu sehr mit der geringen (low) Classe der Europäer in Verbindung wären und er deshalb die Fragen nicht beantworten könne.6 Mrs. Green (Green) von der Coranderrk Station7 schreibt mir heute u. A. wie folgt:

“I am verry happy to inform you that we are now free of fever. It was only very recently that it finally disappeared from our station. there is not an individual here but has been attacked with it; Big Lizzie, Jack & Jacky Warren have died in it   I was closely confined to bed in it for three weeks just after You were here last.— —- I have not been able to give much attention to your Queries   I am only able to answer four of them yet; but I hope now to be able to make special observations on the others and you may depend on me in answering none of them without carefully observing them myself.”— —

Answers to Queries about Expressions:

12., I have seen Maggie and Marie laugh until the water from the eyes run down the cheeks.— (NB. Maggie (Tommy Hobrons Lubra & Marie, Simon Wongar Lubra ar both pureAborigines. Chs W.)8

14., the Children when sulky protrude the lips very much.

15. Jealous expressions can be observed in the countenance, the Natives seem not to be able to hide them.

17. In Affirmation the head is two or three times nodded vertically with the mouth shut and protruding a little. In Negation it is moved laterally sometimes in silence and sometimes accompanied by “Eota!”

The nearest Post Office for any letters intended for me will be *P Mansfield9 *Q for the next fourtnight.

Hoping dear Doctor that your health has improved, I remain, | Yours | most obedt. Servt. | Charles Walter | Landscape Photo. Artist

Ferd: Mueller Esqr M.D. | F.R.S. &c. &c. &c. | Melbourne

CD annotations

Top of letter: ‘Australia’; ‘11’ brown crayon
End of letter: ‘Charles Walter | The answers by Mrs Green.’ pencil

Footnotes

Mueller wrote this in the margin of Charles Walter’s letter to him. CD had asked Mueller to forward a handwritten list of his queries about expression to missionaries or colonists who might be in contact with Aborigines (see letter to Ferdinand von Mueller, 28 February [1867]; the queries are transcribed as an enclosure to that letter).
For a translation of the German portion of the letter, see Correspondence vol.15, Appendix II.
Mount Buller, Victoria, Australia, is about 150 miles north-east of Melbourne.
Timbertop is a mountain adjacent to Mount Buller.
Mueller was director of the Botanical Gardens, Melbourne.
Walter refers to CD’s queries on expression (see n. 1, above). Framlingham, a settlement near Warrnambool, Victoria, became a mission in 1865, when the Central Board for the Protection of Aborigines gave permission to the Church of England Mission to the Aborigines of Victoria to occupy the site (Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia).
Mary Green was the wife of the superintendent of Coranderrk Aboriginal Station near Healesville, Victoria (Barwick 1972, p. 23; Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia). CD acknowledged her contribution in Expression, p. 20.
The native population of Coranderrk was composed of members of the five tribes of the Kulin confederacy, the Woiwurrung, Jajowrong, Bunurong, Wudthaurung, and Taungerong (see Barwick 1972, pp. 18–25). In 1868, the Kulin population included sixteen half-castes (Barwick 1972, p. 35). Lubra: an Aboriginal woman (Chambers).
Mansfield, Victoria.

Summary

Forwards answers from Charles Walter to some of CD’s queries about expression.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-5626
From
Ferdinand Jakob Heinrich (Ferdinand) von Mueller
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
unstated
Source of text
DAR 181: 11
Physical description
4pp (part German) †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5626,” accessed on 24 August 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-5626

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15

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