To Robert Everest?1 18 June 2
Down Bromley Kent
Our mutual friend Dr. Falconer has told me that I might use his name as an apology for troubling you.—3 I am very much interested on the subject of the variation of our domestic animals; & I have seen in several works, statements on the degeneracy of dogs in India & that Bull-Dogs, for instance, not only lost courage, but actually changed in form.4 I never could quite believe this, but Dr. Falconer says he feels pretty sure that it is true.5 He thinks that you could give me reliable information on this head; & it would be a very great kindness, if you could.—6
The danger of a cross seems the obvious source of error. If you would be so kind, when at leisure, to answer this note, I should feel extremely much obliged.— I have sometimes gone so far as to doubt whether climate has any direct influence even on colour.—
Pray believe me | Dear Sir | Your’s faithfully & obliged | Charles Darwin
Seeks to verify whether bulldogs have degenerated in India [see Variation 1: 37–8].
CD has "sometimes gone so far as to doubt whether climate has any influence even on colour".
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1906,” accessed on 22 February 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1906