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To James Crichton-Browne   9 April [1871]1


April 9,

My dear Sir

I have been led into a small speculation on the confusion of mind often or generally accompanying intense blushing.2 I should not think of publishing this, without some able medical man looking it over. It is only 3 folio pages long, and is well copied out.3 It is founded chiefly on what you have told me, so that I should prefer much to get your opinion on it; but I have long hesitated to send it on account of your avocations and state of health; and please observe that I could easily get Paget, Sir H. Holland, or others to read it over.4 So I earnestly beg you to return the enclosed card with “I have not leisure” or with “yes”5

Yours most sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to James Crichton-Browne, 12 April 1871.
CD discussed confusion of mind in Expression, pp. 323–6, citing information from Crichton-Browne throughout.
CD refers to James Paget and Henry Holland; for Crichton-Browne’s health, see the letter from James Crichton-Browne, 16 February 1871 and n. 3.
The card has not been found.


Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.


Asks JC-B to read CD’s MS on confusion of mind, which often or generally accompanies blushing.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
James Crichton-Browne
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Source of text
DAR 143: 337
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7672,” accessed on 25 November 2020,

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