"...It is evidently thought an advantage that Dogs shd be caught, & this can be only by steel-traps. On the other hand in most districts ... the Ability to catch foxes wd be thought a great disadvantage..."
These current manuscript notes derive from Darwin's reading of The Game-Preserver's Manual by his first cousin Edward Levett Darwin (1821-1901), a lawyer in the Derbyshire town of Matlock Bath. Edward Darwin wrote to Charles Darwin on 7 September 1863, just weeks after the publication of An Appeal, sending him a copy of the fourth edition of his book and conceding that "it would be a great thing if the necessity for that trap did not exist" (DCP-LETT-4295).
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