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".
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
My dear M
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 D
Yours very sincerely obliged | Ch. Darwin
- f1 7000.f1The year is established by the publication date of Stirling 1869 (see n. 3, below).
- f2 7000.f2For 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.
- f3 7000.f3On Stirling 1869, see the letter to J. D. Hooker, 13 November  and n. 7.