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From Hensleigh Wedgwood   [March 1870]1

1 Cumberland Place, | Regent’s Park. N.W.

“Here the grey man expressed his astonishment and disapprobation by a prolonged whistle”

—Wenderholme II. 91.2

This is the interjection whew! But why does disagreeable surprise so express itself? I think it is rather when something turns out the contrary of what one expects.

The fox scheming to catch a goose would picture to himself the goose in some of its usual haunts, then he would imagine some way of pouncing upon it,

CD annotations

3.1 This … itself?] scored blue crayon
4.1 The fox … it, 4.2] crossed pencil
Top of letter: ‘H. Wedgwood | March 1870’ pencil


The date is established by CD’s annotation at the top of the letter.


Hamerton, Philip Gilbert. 1869. Wenderholme: a story of Lancashire and Yorkshire. 3 vols. Edinburgh: W. Blackwood.


On the expression of disagreeable surprise.

Letter details

Letter no.
Hensleigh Wedgwood
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
London, Cumberland Place, 1
Source of text
DAR 181: 56
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7122,” accessed on 26 September 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18