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Letter 7000

Darwin, C. R. to Cupples, George

20 Nov [1869]

Summary

Thanks GC for his assistance. “The data for all that I have to say about the Scotch deer-hound are, owing to you, almost sufficient; and much better data than I have got in many other cases.” [See Descent 2: 260.]

Believes Dr Stirling would be compelled to admit some change in “the famous protoplasm in our domestic races, both in regard to the structure of the body & qualities of the mind”.

Transcription

Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Nov. 20

My dear Mr Cupples

It is indeed very superfluous on your part to wish thatyou could have given me more assistance. The facts which youhave communicated have been of very high interest to me; &nobody in the whole world could have been kinder in takingso much trouble for me.— The data for all that I have tosay about the Scotch deer-hound are, owing to you, reallyalmost sufficient, & much better data than I have got inmany other cases.—f2

I have not Dr Stirling’s paper at hand, for I havelent it, but I think he wd be compelled to admit somechange in the famous protoplasm in our domestic races, bothin regard to the structure of the body & qualities of themind.—f3

Yours very sincerely obliged | Ch. Darwin

Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen (NKS 4127 II, 4to0)

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Footnotes

f1
The year is established by the publication date of Stirling 1869(see n. 3, below).
f2
For the most recent extant information on Scottish deer-hounds sent byCupples, see the memorandum from George Cupples, [4–10 November1869]. There is an empty envelope addressed to Cupples in EmmaDarwin’s hand, postmarked 12 November 1869 at the AmericanPhilosophical Society.
f3
On Stirling 1869, see the letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 November[1869] and n. 7.
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