To H. W. Bates 18 March 1
4 Chester Place | R. Park. N.W
My dear Bates
It has occurred to me that you must occasionally come across Missionaries or Dealers who have long lived intimately with Savages;2 in this case, if you can, oblige me by leading conversation to the notion of savages about the beauty of women, & secondly & more especially how far the women have any indirect influence in getting men, whom they prefer or admire, to court them or purchase them from their parents.
You will at once see my object.—3 I have many facts, but am greedy for more.—
I most thoroughily enjoyed my morning’s talk with you.—4
This obviously requires no answer
Most sincerely yours | C. Darwin
Requests information on the standard of beauty of savages and on whether the female has any influence in selecting a male.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Bates, H. W.
- Sent from
- London, Chester Place, 4
- Source of text
- Cleveland Health Sciences Library (Robert M. Stecher collection)
- Physical description
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6022,” accessed on 27 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6022