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From Samuel Wilson to Ferdinand von Mueller1   12 November 1867

Longerenong | Wimmera

Nov 12th. 1867.

My Dear Dr. Mueller

I send you answers to a few of the questions sent by Mr Darwin.2 I could not answer the others with sufficient accuracy. I have endeavoured to get the missionaries in this neighbourhood to answer them but have not yet received their answers—3 As soon as I do so I shall forward them

And remain | Yours Truly | Saml Wilson

CD annotations

0.1 Longerenong | Wimmera] underl blue crayon
0.1 Longerenong … 1867. 0.2] after opening bracket, blue crayon
Top of letter: ‘Please return’ blue crayon


Samuel Wilson and Ferdinand von Mueller are both cited in Expression.
CD had sent a handwritten copy of his queries about expression with his letter to Mueller of 28 February [1867], asking Mueller to forward it to someone capable of answering the questions from direct observation of Aboriginal peoples. The enclosure has not been found.
The missionaries have not been identified. However, the missionaries Friedrich August Hagenauer and John Bulmer, both, like Wilson, working in Victoria, Australia, are cited in Expression, pp. 19–20.


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


Sends some answers [missing] to CD’s queries on expression.

Letter details

Letter no.
Samuel Wilson
Ferdinand Jakob Heinrich (Ferdinand) von Mueller
Sent from
Longerenong, Wimmera
Source of text
DAR 181: 129
Physical description
1p †(by CD)

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5677,” accessed on 11 April 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 15