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From James Crichton-Browne   3 April 1871

Summary

Sends photographs of general paralytics. Expressions of exaltation of [these?] patients do not come out well in the photographs.

Is experimenting with idiots under his care. Has been unable to produce a blush in any one of them.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 53.1: A30, C134–6; DAR 161: 315
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7658

To James Crichton-Browne   7 April [1871]

Summary

Thanks for information about blushing of idiots.

Case of pregnant woman "truly wonderful".

Thanks for photographs.

Has found London photographer, O. G. Rejlander, with passion for photographing expression.

Received information about iris of eye from F. C. Donders; shows contraction and dilation of pupil is very complex.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  7 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 336
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7666

To James Crichton-Browne   9 April [1871]

Summary

Asks JC-B to read CD’s MS on confusion of mind, which often or generally accompanies blushing.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  9 Apr [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 337
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7672

To James Crichton-Browne   12 April 1871

Summary

Discusses blushing. CD believes confusion of mind alone can account for it. Sends MS for JC-B’s comments and corrections.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  12 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 143: 338
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7678

From James Crichton-Browne   16 April 1871

Summary

Is sending notes on blushing. Offers information on physiology and pathology of blushing.

Has sent photograph of seven imbeciles in one family.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 316, 195.1: 49
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7689

To James Crichton-Browne   18 April 1871

Summary

Comments on notes by JC-B on relation between blushing and mental disturbance. Asks for further information about blushing. "The single pencil line down this MS is my mark that I have used it once."

Thanks for "dreadful photo of the imbeciles".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  18 Apr 1871
Classmark:  DAR 143: 339; DAR 185: 39
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7698

From James Crichton-Browne   18 August 1871

Summary

Sends CD a volume of West Riding Lunatic Asylum Medical Reports [1 (1871)], which contains some observations on blushing.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  18 Aug 1871
Classmark:  DAR 161: 317
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-7910

To James Crichton-Browne   2 November [1871]

Summary

Asks JC-B to observe whether platysma muscle contracts during rigor or shivering fit.

Is just recommencing his essay on expression.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  2 Nov [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 340
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8047

To James Crichton-Browne   26 March [1871]

Summary

Has sent photographs of insane woman to be engraved. Assumes JC-B has no objection.

Is making immense use of JC-B’s MS. The book ought to be described as "by Darwin & Browne".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  26 Mar [1871]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 341
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8253

To James Crichton-Browne   28 February [1873]

Summary

Hopes JC-B thinks that CD has properly acknowledged his debt in Expression.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  28 Feb [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 342
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8792

From James Crichton-Browne   2 March 1873

Summary

Thanks for Expression. Will write paper on it in next [July] West Riding Asylum Medical Report.

Sends photos of lunatics;

will send notes corroborative of CD’s views, including some on "hereditarily transmitted movements".

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Mar 1873
Classmark:  DAR 161: 318
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8795

To James Crichton-Browne   4 March [1873]

Summary

Pleased that JC-B will review Expression.

Fears he will not be able to improve the book with JC-B’s "wonderfully curious" photographs because Murray printed such a large edition.

Would be glad to have JC-B’s notes on inheritance – "a most important subject".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  4 Mar [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 343
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8798

From James Crichton-Browne   16 April 1873

Summary

Sends 15 studies in expression, acted by his wife.

Describes David Ferrier’s experiments on electrical brain stimulation of animals; these show direct relation between convolutions of the brain and groups of muscles [West Riding Asylum Med. Rep. (July 1873)].

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 Apr 1873
Classmark:  DAR 161: 319
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8861

To James Crichton-Browne   17 April [1873]

Summary

Photographs sent by JC-B show great power of acting.

David Ferrier’s researches sound wonderful. Does he believe that he excites an idea and this leads to the movement, or that he acts directly on the motor nerves?

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  17 Apr [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 344
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8865

To James Crichton-Browne   7 September [1873]

Summary

Thanks JC-B for volume of Asylum reports and paper on epilepsy. Seems clear from reports that physiology of brain will soon be largely understood.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  7 Sept [1873]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 345
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9045

From James Crichton-Browne   12 September 1873

Summary

Thanks CD for his praise of West Riding Asylum Medical Reports.

Hopes CD will come to Asylum if he attends BAAS meeting at Bradford.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Sept 1873
Classmark:  DAR 161: 320
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9053

From James Crichton-Browne   27 December 1873

Summary

Is about to undertake an intensive investigation with other scientists of general paralysis in its various aspects. Would appreciate CD’s comments on photographs he would submit.

Author:  James Crichton-Browne
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Dec 1873
Classmark:  DAR 161: 321
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9190

To James Crichton-Browne   30 December 1873

Summary

Will do what he can to help JC-B with his work on expression of patients suffering from general paralysis.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  30 Dec 1873
Classmark:  DAR 143: 346
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9193

To James Crichton-Browne   5 January 1874

Summary

Requests help for George Darwin’s investigation of marriages of first cousins. Seeks to determine proportion of first-cousin offspring among the insane, deaf and dumb, blind, etc.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  5 Jan 1874
Classmark:  DAR 143: 347
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9227

To James Crichton-Browne   8 October 1874

Summary

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

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  James Crichton-Browne
Date:  8 Oct 1874
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.451)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9668
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