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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. E. Darwin   15 March [1871]

Thanks for letter— it is splendid— pray thank Dr. De Ch cordially for me.1 He evidently belongs to that rare species, a downright good observer. I shall use almost all his letter, of course giving no names.—2 The facts are capital & very curious.— I can quite believe about rubbing thumb & finger, though that does not at present concern me much.—


I have got many facts about Savages shrugging shoulders.—3

March 15.


CD refers to Francis Stephen Bennet François de Chaumont and the letter from F. S. B. F. de Chaumont to W. E. Darwin, 11 March 1871.
CD refers to answers received to his Queries on expression. Question 13 was ‘When a man wishes to shew that he cannot prevent something being done or cannot himself do something does he shrug his shoulders?’ (see Correspondence vol. 19, Appendix VII).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Wants WED to thank F. de Chaumont for some valuable observations.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Erasmus Darwin
Sent from
MR 15 71
Source of text
Wellcome Collection (RAMC/473/1). Trustees of the Army Medical Services Museum.
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11936,” accessed on 7 May 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 19