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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Amy Ruck   [1 November 1872]

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

My dear Amy

I have told Mr Murray to send by tomorrow’s Post (if possible) a copy of my book on Expression &c to you, as a little mark of my affectionate regard.1

My dear Amy | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin

Some people like pasting an authors hand-writing at beginning so I send the same on next Page2


John Murray was the publisher of Expression. Ruck was engaged to Francis Darwin (see letter to G. H. Darwin, 3 May [1872] and n. 5); she had also helped CD with his work on earthworms (see letters from Amy Ruck to Horace Darwin, [20 January 1872] and [1 February 1872]). Ruck’s name appears on CD’s presentation list for Expression (Appendix V).
A section of the second page of the letter has been excised.


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


Sends a copy of Expression and his autograph.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Amy Richenda (Amy) Ruck/Amy Richenda (Amy) Darwin
Sent from
NO 1 72
Source of text
DAR 185: 48
Physical description
ALS 1p inc

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8590,” accessed on 19 May 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 20