From Samuel Butler to Francis Darwin [before 30 May 1872]1
15. Clifford’s Inn | Fleet Street
My young friend May has brought me these this morning: he tells me to say that they are entirely at Mr Darwin’s disposal, and that he shall be delighted in case he finds them in any way useful.2 I don’t think the lower one satisfies him, but I should think that a suggestion would be attended to: he said he found it so far more difficult to get a dog into the fighting attitude than the fawning one, that he had less chance of studying.
I send the drawings to you rather than to your father because it is no use troubling him at all unless you think them likely to please him. Would you like to meet the youth? he seems to me to shape uncommonly well.
Your’s very truly | S. Butler.
Sends drawings of dogs in different attitudes, drawn by his friend A. May. FD should not trouble CD unless he thinks the drawings will please him. [See Expression, pp. 54–5.]
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8305,” accessed on 23 April 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8305