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Letter 1839

Darwin, C. R. to Falconer, Hugh

8 Mar [1857]

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    Has written down what he gathered from HF on Tibetan dogs. Would welcome a few more details at any time, as he knows of nothing parallel to it.



March 8th

My dear Falconer

I have written down what I gathered from you on Thibet Dogs; and if at any time you could add a few details, the case probably would be a very valuable and interesting one for me, as I know of nothing parallel to it.

Yours most sincerely | Ch. Darwin

I enjoy so much a chat with you, that you will be sure to see me, when next in London.

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    f1 1839.f1
    The year is the earliest that CD could have written to Falconer in London. Falconer, formerly superintendent of the Calcutta botanic garden, had retired in 1855. After his return to England late in 1855, he travelled on the Continent to pursue his palaeontological researches and did not settle in London until early 1857 (DNB).
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    CD cited Falconer's case of ‘the Thibet mastiff and goat, [which] when brought down from the Himalaya to Kashmir, lose their fine wool’ as support for his claim that climate influences the hairy covering of animals (Variation 2: 278). He gave, however, a later article by Falconer (Falconer 1863) as his source.
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