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From S. P. Engleheart [October 1869 or later]1

in hand, the first time I can see him I will find out all particulars & let you know. “Blushing” commences quite as early as 5 yrs. as I have two fine little Blushers of this age on show at Chesham School.2

Believe me | Yours very truly | Stephen P Engleheart

CD annotations

1.1 in hand, … know.] crossed red crayon


The date is established by the fact that Engleheart, the Down surgeon, left Down in or before October 1869 (Correspondence vol. 17, letter to J. B. Innes, 18 October 1869).
Presumably Engleheart refers to the infant school in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. He is not recorded as resident in Buckinghamshire in Medical directory, the Post Office directory of Northamptonshire etc., or the national censuses. CD discussed the age at which blushing began in Expression, p. 311.


Blushing begins as early as the fifth year.

Letter details

Letter no.
Stephen Paul Engleheart
Charles Robert Darwin
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Source of text
DAR 163: 19
Physical description
1p inc

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7056,” accessed on 21 May 2019,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20