To G. R. Jesse 4 May 1
Down. | Beckenham | Kent. S.E.
I have at last found passage about the breed of Terriers: it is in Gleanings in Nat. Hist. Third & Last Series—Murray 1835 p. 149.— I gave it correctly “The descendants of a breed of terriers I have had many years, all shew their teeth & put out their paw when they are caressed. This is a peculiarity of the breed.”—2 Now if, without taking much trouble, you cd. find out whether any of the strain still exist & whether they retain the habit, & especially what is exactly meant by “put out their paw”, I I shd. be grateful.—3 Were both paws alternately protruded?— If I receive no answer I will understand that you cannot aid me—so pray do not trouble yourself to acknowledge this.—
Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
Asks for information about habits of a breed of terriers.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7739,” accessed on 27 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7739