To W. E. Darwin 11 February 1
My dear William.
I have got a good deal of information about the pouting of children of savages, & this makes me wish much for precise details about the pouting of English children.2 None of you children ever pouted. All that I can remember is, that some sulky or sullen young children protrude their lips, frown, & often utter a booing or mooing noise.— It wd not be likely that Langstaff3 who wd be by far the best observer wd. see a pouting child—
Was it not Sandford4 who made some observations on expression for me?— Has he children? Do you know any observing lady who attends an infant school?— Think whether you could aid me.—
I am the more interested, as I fully believe that Pouting is a vestige (an embryonic relic during youth) of a very common expression of the adult anthropomorphous apes when excited in many ways.—5
Let us hear how you get on. | Yours affectly. | C.D
Would like precise details about pouting of English children to add to his information about children of savages.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8208,” accessed on 25 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8208