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From Robert Swinhoe   16 October 1869

33 Oakley Square. SW.

16 October, 1869.

My dear Mr. Darwin,

I have returned from China to England.1 I took the route via Japan to San Francisco and across the American continent to New York & thence to Liverpool. I have a book of fine photographs of Japanese which somewhat illustrate expression. This I would much like you to see.2 If agreeable to you I will send the book to your house.

I trust that you are improved in health.

Your’s very truly, | Robert Swinhoe


Swinhoe was acting British consul at Amoy (Xiamen), China.
Swinhoe had earlier published CD’s queries on expression in Notes and Queries on China and Japan 1 (1867): 105 (see Correspondence vol. 15, letter to Robert Swinhoe, [27 February 1867], where the queries are reproduced, and letter from Robert Swinhoe, 5 August 1867).


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


Has a book of photographs of Japanese that CD might be interested in for his work on expression.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Swinhoe
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Oakley Square, 33
Source of text
DAR 177: 332
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6940,” accessed on 2 July 2020,

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