From James Crichton-Browne 6 June 1870
West Riding Asylum, | Wakefield.
6. June— 1870.
My dear Sir,
I am ashamed to write to you & infinitely distressed to contemplate all the annoyance & trouble that my negligence may have occasioned you. Enclosure was given to my man-servant to pack up. He did so & placed it in a cupboard where it was again forgotten.1
Today I have myself seen it despatched by rail carriage—pre-paid. Will you kindly let me have one line to say whether it arrives in safety.
Enclosed in Duchenne (at the beginning) you will find a few crude notes on expression.2 I promise more, in a little time, although I fear you will scarcely trust to me after all my carelessness. Bear in mind, in extenuation of my faults that I am one of the hardest worked men in her Majestys Dominions. As a rule I toil daily from 8. a.m. to 11. pm. contending all the while with bad health & great anxiety.
I send you a photograph of a female patient in the Southern Counties Asylum, Dumfries N.B. under the care of Dr. Gilchrist in whom the bristling of the hair was well seen.3 The woman was in a tranquil mood when the portrait was taken. When she was agitated—the ascendant emotion being horror—the hair stood out like wire.
We are beginning to take large photographs here, the size of Duchennes4 & will I think secure some interesting observations. I shall send you some. Is there any point connected with expression that you would particularly wish to have illustrated?
With sincere apologies & profound esteem, | I am, | Yours most faithfully | J. Crichton-Browne
Charles Darwin Esq &c &c
Returns copy of Duchenne (found in cupboard) with notes [see 7221].
Sends photograph of woman patient with hair standing on end.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7220,” accessed on 17 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7220