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Darwin Correspondence Project

To James Crichton-Browne   26 March [1871]1


March 26,

My dear Sir

I have just despatched one of your photographs of insane woman with wonderfully bristling hair to be engraved.2 I cannot remember whether I stated that I should like to have some engraved.3 I suppose there can be no objection. I see in newspapers that photographers sometimes prosecute people for taking their photographs. If I do not hear, I will assume I may have the photograph engraved. I shall be anxious to see the other photographs which you said you would lend me for inspection4 I have been making immense use almost every day of your MS.5 The book ought to be called by Darwin & Browne?6

Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin.

Do not, I beg you, if well enough, forget to tell me sometime about the pupils of eyes under rage and terror.7


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letters to James Crichton-Browne, 20 February [1871] and 7 April [1871] (see nn. 2 and 7, below).
For the photographs, see Correspondence vol. 17, second enclosure to the letter from Henry Maudsley, 20 May 1869, and Correspondence vol. 18, letter from James Crichton-Browne, 6 June 1870, enclosure and n. 3. An engraving of the photograph sent as an enclosure to the letter from James Crichton-Browne, 6 June 1870, and now in DAR 53.1: 68, was reproduced in Expression, p. 296. See also letter to James Crichton-Browne, 7 April [1871].
CD had requested photographs in his letters to James Crichton-Browne, 8 February 1871, and 20 February [1871]; Crichton-Browne had offered to send some in his letters of 16 February 1871 and 19 February 1871.
CD probably refers to the enclosure to the letter from James Crichton-Browne, 16 February 1871.
CD refers to Expression, in which Crichton-Browne is extensively cited.


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

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


Has sent photographs of insane woman to be engraved. Assumes JC-B has no objection.

Is making immense use of JC-B’s MS. The book ought to be described as "by Darwin & Browne".

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
James Crichton-Browne
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Source of text
DAR 143: 341
Physical description
C 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8253,” accessed on 8 February 2023,

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