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Letter 7000

Darwin, C. R. to Cupples, George

20 Nov [1869]

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    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.]

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    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".

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Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.

Nov. 20

My dear Mr Cupples

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

I have not Dr Stirling's paper at hand, for I have lent it, but I think he wd 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.—

Yours very sincerely obliged | Ch. Darwin

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    f1 7000.f1
    The year is established by the publication date of Stirling 1869 (see n. 3, below).
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    f2 7000.f2
    For the most recent extant information on Scottish deer-hounds sent by Cupples, see the memorandum from George Cupples, [4--10 November 1869]. There is an empty envelope addressed to Cupples in Emma Darwin's hand, postmarked 12 November 1869 at the American Philosophical Society.
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    f3 7000.f3
    On Stirling 1869, see the letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 November [1869] and n. 7.
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