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Darwin Correspondence Project

To William Ogle   29 April [1871]

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

April 29th

My dear Dr Ogle

I am truly obliged for all the great trouble which you have so kindly taken.— I am sure you have no cause to say that you are sorry you can give no more definite information; for you have given me far more than I ever expected to get. The action of the Platysma is not very important for me, but I believe that you will fully understand (for I have always fancied that our minds were very similar) the intolerable desire I had not to be utterly baffled. Now I know that it sometimes contracts from fear, & from shuddering, but not apparently from a prolonged state of fear such as the insane suffer.1

With very many thanks, | Yours sincerely | Ch. Darwin

Footnotes

Ogle’s letter to CD has not been found, but may have contained Ogle’s observations of the action of the platysma in patients about to undergo an operation (see Expression, pp. 300–1, and letter to William Ogle, 25 March [1871]).

Bibliography

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

Summary

Discusses action of the platysma in a state of fear.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-7726
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
William Ogle
Sent from
Down
Postmark
AP 30 71
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.394)
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7726,” accessed on 10 December 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-7726.xml

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

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