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To Edward Wilson   20 February [1868]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

Feb 20

Dear Mr Wilson

Many thanks for yr note.2 I recd a letter the other day from Dr Müller on the same subject, & from his kindness & yours, I shall receive more answer from Australia than from any other quarter of the world.3 This is a great piece of good fortune, as the Australians are I suppose nearly the most distinct of all races. This reminds me to ask you whether you happen to possess any moderately large photographs of Australians; In this case if you wd lend them to me for a day or 2 I wd send for them. I have a considerable collection, but it contains no Australian & I should like to compare them.4

Pray believe me | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from Edward Wilson, 19 February 1868.
CD had enclosed a copy of his queries on expression with a letter to Ferdinand von Mueller, 28 February [1867] (Correspondence vol. 15; see also letter from Samuel Wilson to Ferdinand von Mueller, 12 November 1867). Mueller’s letter to CD has not been found.
CD’s surviving collection of photographs on expression is in the Darwin Archive and Darwin Library–CUL (DAR 53.1). It includes a set of prints of non-European peoples from the Museum de Paris.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Thanks EW for information [on expression] about Australians.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Edward Wilson
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Source of text
Natural History Museum (General Special Collections DC AL 1/9)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 5899,” accessed on 19 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16