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To George Cupples   29 May [1868]1

Down. | Bromley.| Kent. S. E.

May 29th

My dear Sir

I am much obliged for the information about the Terrier & for your kind promise to observe the size of your dogs with advancing age.—2

I have written to Mr Wright to thank him for his courtesy; & have asked him nearly the same questions as I asked you.—3 But I do not suppose I shall continue to attend to domestic animals, except so far as they illustrate points in the Nat. Hist. of wild animals.—4

Believe me | with my best thanks | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin

Footnotes

The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from George Cupples, 26 May 1868 (Correspondence vol. 16).
See Correspondence vol. 16, letter from George Cupples, 26 May 1868. In Descent 2: 260–2, CD gave information from Cupples on differences in the size of male and female deerhounds from birth to adulthood.
CD’s letter to John Wright has not been found, but see Correspondence vol. 16, letter from John Wright, 11 June 1868.
CD’s book Variation of animals and plants under domestication had been published in early 1868; he was now working on Descent, which included a long section on sexual selection in wild animals.

Bibliography

Descent: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1871.

Variation: The variation of animals and plants under domestication. By Charles Darwin. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1868.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-6214F
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
George Cupples
Sent from
Down
Source of text
19th Century Shop (dealer) April 2016
Physical description
ALS 1p

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