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From John Beddoe   13 September 1869

Clifton,

Septr 13 ’69

Dear Sir

Enclosed is the last instalment of my data respecting conjugal selection—1 The dark shades do in this case predominate in the married women; but the numbers of the single are so small that I fear nothing can be made of them—

Believe me | Yours faithfully | John Beddoe

[Enclosure]

In- & Out-patients British Infirmary2 Women between 35 & 45

Single Married Red Fair Brown Dark Black Red Fair Brown Dark Black 1 3 3 7.5 2.5 9 12.5 39 6812 6 Women between 45 & 50 1.5 .5 6 3 1 5.5 12.5 49 85121112 Total 2.5 3.5 9 10.5 3.5 14.5 25 88 154 17.5

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CD annotations

Top of letter: ‘I must give up whole case.—’ blue crayon

Footnotes

Beddoe had last supplied CD with data in his letter of 21 August 1869.
Beddoe was physician to the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Summary

Encloses last instalment of data on colour of women’s hair and conjugal selection. Fears results are inconclusive.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-6888
From
John Beddoe
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Clifton
Source of text
DAR 85: A17–18
Physical description
1p †, table, G.H. Darwin notes 2pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6888,” accessed on 29 February 2020, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-6888.xml

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

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