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From A. H. Sayce   27 July 1877


Having read CD’s article in Mind ["Biographical sketch of an infant", Collected papers 2: 191–200], AHS questions CD about the child’s first attempts at speech, hoping to throw light on the origin of language.

Author:  Archibald Henry Sayce
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 45
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11074

To A. H. Sayce   28 July 1877


Thinks "mum" comes from shutting the mouth repeatedly as a sign of wanting to eat.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Archibald Henry Sayce
Date:  28 July 1877
Classmark:  Bodleian Libraries, Oxford (MS. Eng. lett. d. 63, fols. 51–2)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11077

From A. H. Sayce   30 July 1877


Thanks CD for statement about children’s speech. Asks permission to quote him in his forthcoming book.

Author:  Archibald Henry Sayce
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  30 July 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 46
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11080

From A. H. Sayce   2 August 1877


Thanks CD for permission to quote his comments; mentions some of his conclusions with regard to the early speech of children.

Thanks for [newspaper] account of American Philological Association meeting.

Author:  Archibald Henry Sayce
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  2 Aug 1877
Classmark:  DAR 177: 47
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-11090
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