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DCP-LETT-7580

From Robert Swinhoe   14 March 1871

33 Oakley Square | Chelsea SW.

14 March, 1871.

My dear Mr. Darwin,

I do not distinctly recollect, but I have an idea that a stoop is affected which would throw up the shoulders a little. I never saw a Chinaman throw up his shoulders in the emphatic way a Frenchman does, or in the cringing manner of a Bengalie.1

If you will kindly send me another copy of the Queries on Expression I will make some more efforts to answer them in view of the people at Ningpo (below Shanghai), to which Port I am now appointed Consul.2 I leave England by the Southampton Mail of the 1st. of April next, and my address will be, RS.

H.M. Consul

Ningpo

China.

Never forget to work me if I can be of the slightest use to you. I am always at your service.

With many thanks for your kind wishes, | I remain, | Your’s very sincerely, | Robert Swinhoe.

Footnotes

1
In Expression, pp. 264–72, CD discussed the shrugging of shoulders and cited Swinhoe for information on Chinese practice (ibid., p. 269). No letter from CD to Swinhoe on the subject has been found.
2
Ning-po is now Ningbo. CD had sent Swinhoe a copy of his Queries on expression in 1867 (see Correspondence vol. 15, letter to Robert Swinhoe, [27 February 1867], and letter from Robert Swinhoe, 5 August 1867).

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7580
From
Swinhoe, Robert
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
London, Oakley Square, 33
Source of text
DAR 177: 335
Physical description
2pp

Summary

Is leaving for Ningpo; asks CD for another copy of his [Queries about expression], which he will try to answer.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7580,” accessed on 14 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7580

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