# From John Beddoe [22 August – 12 September 1869]^{1}

Professor Christison,^{2} | Arroquhar, by Glasgow

My dear Sir

Your letter has followed me hither, where I am enjoying a holyday—^{3} And by the same post I have received the result of the last examination of data—^{4} It is vexatiously subversive of my former inferences, & really looks very much as if the gradual darkening of colour were the real cause, or main cause at least, of the whole set of phenomena—^{5} Now that I have got a trustworthy amanuensis^{6} I will have the 35–45 women abstracted from the books which furnished the original data for my paper of 1863;^{7} and when I get the result you shall have it at once—^{8}

Yours very faithfully | John Beddoe

## [Enclosure]

July 13^{th} 1863 to Aug 6. 1869 |
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Women between 35 and 45 | |||||||||

Single | Married | ||||||||

Red | Fair | Brown | Dk. B. | Black | Red | Fair | Brown | Dk. B. | Black |

or | or | ||||||||

Lt. B. | Lt. B. | ||||||||

3$\frac{1}{2}$ | 2 | 8$\frac{1}{2}$ | 13 | 5 | 14$\frac{1}{2}$ | 28$\frac{1}{2}$ | 95$\frac{1}{2}$ | 60 | 26$\frac{1}{2}$ |

Total 32 | Total 225 | ||||||||

Women between 25 and 45 | |||||||||

11$\frac{1}{2}$ | 17$\frac{1}{2}$ | 51$\frac{1}{2}$ | 44 | 5$\frac{1}{2}$ | 23 | 83$\frac{1}{2}$ | 218$\frac{1}{2}$ | 310$\frac{1}{2}$ | 42$\frac{1}{2}$ |

Total 130 | Total 678 |

## Footnotes

## Bibliography

Beddoe, John. 1863. On the supposed increasing prevalence of dark hair in England. *Anthropological Review* 1: 310–12.

## Summary

Results of CD’s examination of data subvert JB’s former inferences. Will send abstracts from the data for his paper on colour of hair of single and married women 35 to 45 years old ["On the supposed increasing prevalence of dark hair in England", *Anthropol. Rev.* 1 (1863): 310–12].

## Letter details

- Letter no.
- DCP-LETT-6809
- From
- John Beddoe
- To
- Charles Robert Darwin
- Sent from
- Arrocuhar
- Source of text
- DAR 85: A13–14
- Physical description
- 2pp inc , table, G.H. Darwin notes 2pp †

## Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6809,” accessed on 3 March 2021, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-6809.xml

Also published in *The Correspondence of Charles Darwin*, vol. 17