To David Forbes [20 March 1868]1
4 Chester Place | N.W.
My dear Mr. Forbes
Before leaving you I forgot to remind you that any notes on the idea of human beauty by natives who have associated little with Europeans, would be very interesting to me.2 Also if by any strange chance you should have observed any facts leading you to believe that the women of savage tribes have some influence in determining which men shall steal them or buy them or run away with them, I should like much to hear such facts.
I have lately been sending the enclosed queries to all parts of the world and I send a copy to you, although I well know that it is a most improbable chance that you should have recorded in your note books any remarks on the subject.3
I enjoyed my conversation with you very much & was astonished at the number of points to which you have attended.
Believe me, yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin
Any notes on idea of human beauty by natives who have little association with Europeans would interest CD.
Also influence of females on males’ choice.
Sends copy of Queries about expression.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- David Forbes
- Sent from
- London, Chester Place, 4
- Source of text
- Pushkin House archive (Constantin Romanov, collection of O. A. Novikov): P. D. 1975, F. 137 op. 1 n 35 neg n 331–333
- Physical description