From Asa Gray [17 January 1860]1
〈reprint〉, your new book,— promise to allow you copy right equivalent— will not wait for electrotypes of the cuts.—2
But they (& I) want you to send a note or two—to go at end, and a preface—a few words—to identify it as your ed. & to secure the market against any other reprint. Send at once any corrections you are making for your 2d ed.3
I noted, with pleasure, your son’s success at Cambridge.4
At my house, a neighbor mentioned a case of man, he knew, born legless—two of whose children were equally so. I am trying to get authentic evidence about it. 〈section missing〉
Do you know of dogs which—without ever having been taught, lick their paws and then wash their faces like a cat? A black- & tan we have does so regularly, I know not where he picked up the habit.— he must have inherited it.
Ever Yours, | A. Gray
Discusses arrangements for American edition of Origin.
Observations on apparently inherited instinct in a dog.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2563,” accessed on 26 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2563