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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.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 26 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.


Describes crying in an infant.

Letter details

Letter no.
Henrietta Emma Darwin/Henrietta Emma 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 17 October 2019,

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