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Darwin Correspondence Project

To William Waring   13 April 1874

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

Ap. 13. 1874

My dear Sir

I am very much obliged to you for your valuable note. Your information accords very nearly which what I have lately received from two other quarters; & it shews me that I had formed an erroneous opinion on this subject.1

With many thanks | yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin


See letter from William Waring, 13 April 1874 and n. 3. CD received extensive information on the proportion of males and females reared by dog breeders from George Cupples and some of his contacts (see letter from George Cupples, 21 February 1874). CD added this note to Descent 2d ed., p. 258: ‘Now from enquiries made from many breeders, it seems that the females are in some respects more esteemed … and it does not appear that the female puppies of the best-bred dogs are systematically destroyed more than the males’.


Descent 2d ed.: The descent of man, and selection in relation to sex. By Charles Darwin. 2d edition. London: John Murray. 1874.


WW’s information accords with other accounts lately received. CD had formed an erroneous opinion on the subject.

Letter details

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Charles Robert Darwin
William Waring
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Kent History and Library Centre (CKS-U1906/Z/1)
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 9408,” accessed on 6 April 2020,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 22