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From H. E. Darwin   [30 March 1870]1

I can swear to Mildred’s2 having the knots in the elevated corners of her eyebrows. The wrinkles were hardly to be seen. The corners of her mouth down. This was before crying, and when she cried the look ceased.3

CD annotations

1.1 Mildred’s] ‘Langton’ interl pencil
Top of letter: ‘March 30— 1870 Henrietta’ added pencil
End of letter: ‘Analogous remarks were made on Margarets child’4added pencil


The date is established by CD’s annotation at the top of the letter.
Henrietta refers to Mildred Langton, CD’s nephew’s daughter.
CD discussed the expression of grief in children in Expression, pp. 190–5.
CD refers to his niece Margaret Susan Vaughan Williams. See Correspondence vol. 17, letter from M. S. V. Williams to H. E. Darwin, [after 14 October 1869]. Her child was Hervey Wedgwood Williams.


Describes crying in an infant.

Letter details

Letter no.
Henrietta Emma (Henrietta Emma Darwin) Litchfield
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 162: 69
Physical description
Amem 1p †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7153,” accessed on 20 August 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18