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DCP-LETT-4260F

From Henrietta Emma Darwin    [1 August 1863]1

A young cat of about the age of 10 months when put upon a soft cloak or gown used to take a piece in her mouth & then pound with her claws out & purr.2

CD annotations

gown] ‘generally’ interl after, ink
purr.] ‘& close her eyes & look happy.— Explain the pounding.— No mistake.’ added ink | ‘(& Purr)’ added pencil | ‘Aug. 1.— 1863 | Expression’3 added ink . Transcribed 27/11/96 as previously missed. AMP. . Checked 27/11/96. SL.

Footnotes

1
The date is established by CD’s annotations to the letter.
2
Henrietta made a series of observations on behaviour in cats; there is a memorandum in DAR 189: 7, annotated 28 March 1862, in which Henrietta recorded her observations on the cries of cats and their meaning.
3
CD evidently preserved these observations for use in Expression, pp. 126–9. Expression was published by John Murray in 1872.

Summary

A memorandum describing the expressive behaviour of a cat with added notes by CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-4260F
From
Darwin, H. E.
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
unstated
Source of text
DAR 189: 9
Physical description
Amem 1p †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4260F,” accessed on 29 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-4260F

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