To Henry Austin Bruce 24 August [1868?]1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
I am very much obliged to you for your kindness in writing to me.—2 I have heard of so many cases of striped asses, that I do not much care about more; but I have been very glad to hear your interesting case of the affectionate Jackall. By an odd coincidence I was lately much wishing to know whether any animals of the Dog Family, beside the domestic dog, showed their affection by licking, & now you have answered me.3
With my best thanks I beg leave to remain | Dear Sir | Your obliged & obedt. servant | Charles Darwin
Thanks correspondent for information. CD does not care much for more cases of striped asses,
but is pleased at the interesting case of the affectionate jackal that licks like a domestic dog.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 6330,” accessed on 27 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-6330