To H. E. Litchfield 2 December 1
My dear Henrietta
I shall send off today or on Monday, registered, the M.S. on the use of the Voice for Expression.2 It is an extremely poor affair, but I must say something, & have nothing worth saying. I have no copy of the M.S. so please lock it up carefully, for I hate it to that extent that it wd. break my heart to write it again.— Keep it till we come to London, & very nice it will be then to see you.—3 No doubt style wants improving, but I am sick of altering it.— Pray ask Litchfield whether I have succeeded in giving what he means. I do not know whether he ever was thanked for his M.S. which I was very glad to read several times over,4 & shall keep for the Descent, in case I shd wish to correct the part about music.5 For the present work music comes in only quite subordinately. I agree with Litchfield, & had come to the conclusion before that Spencer does not really explain cause of change in pitch, intervals &c &c neither in emotional speech nor in music.6 But it seems to me very good to point out, as Spencer has done, that they are connected.— George has indoctrinated me a little & shown me passages in Helmholtz.7
If you find any sentences “the most horrid which you ever read in your life”—pray correct them; but do not bother yourself about corrections.8
Poor dear soul I have been very sorry that you have kept so poorly, & you seem to me wonderfully patient.9
Your affectionate Father | C. Darwin
Sends MS chapter on voice from Expression to HL for examination.
Agrees with R. B. Litchfield about Herbert Spencer’s views on speech and music.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8089,” accessed on 17 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8089