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To James Crichton-Browne   31 January [1870]1


Jan. 31,

My dear Sir

I am very sorry to trouble you again, but I should be very much obliged if you could soon return to me Duchenne, with, I hope, some notes, as your former notes were of such extreme interest to me.2 Please address parcel “Ch. Darwin, Esq., Orpington Station, Kent, Per S.E. Railway”.

Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin

P.S. If not asking too much trouble, will you let me have a line that I may know when parcel is sent off.


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to James Crichton-Browne, 8 June 1869 (Correspondence vol. 17).
CD had lent Crichton-Browne his copy of Duchenne 1862 (see Correspondence vol. 17, letter to James Crichton-Browne, 8 June 1869 and n. 9). For Crichton-Browne’s earlier notes, see ibid., letter from Henry Maudsley, 20 May 1869, enclosure 2, and letter from James Crichton-Browne, 1 June 1869. Crichton-Browne had not written to CD since June 1869 owing to illness (see letter from James Crichton-Browne, 15 March 1870).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Duchenne, Guillaume Benjamin Amand. 1862. Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine, ou analyse électro-physiologique de l’expression des passions. 1 vol. and ‘Atlas’ of plates. Paris: Ve Jules Renouard, Libraire.


Asks JC-B to return copy of Duchenne [Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine (1862)] and sends some notes "as your former notes were of such extreme interest to me".

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
James Crichton-Browne
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Source of text
DAR 143: 329
Physical description
C 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7089,” accessed on 21 June 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18