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To James Crichton-Browne   8 October 1874

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Oct. 8th

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged for the W. Riding Asylum Report.— I see that there is an article with an excellent photograph by you, & I am sure to read this & I daresay others with interest.1

My dear Sir | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


CD refers to Crichton-Browne’s article ‘Acute dementia’ in the West Riding Lunatic Asylum Medical Reports (Crichton-Browne 1874); several volumes of these reports are in the Darwin Library–CUL, but CD’s copy of this volume has not been found. A photograph of a patient suffering from the condition is in ibid., opposite p. 265.


Crichton-Browne, James. 1874. Acute dementia. West Riding Lunatic Asylum Medical Reports 4: 265–90.


Thanks JC-B for copy of Medical Reports of the West Riding Lunatic Asylum.

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Charles Robert Darwin
James Crichton-Browne
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American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.451)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9668,” accessed on 8 August 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22