RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 'bull-dogs' (1.1871) CUL-DAR195.1.3 Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker. (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Kees Rookmaaker 4.2010, corrections by John van Wyhe 11.2010. RN1

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Mr Bedford says he is certain Bull-dogs full power of scent [as frequently dead birds recovered]

but if weak instinct of following foot-tracks or our track home — is cause of this. — Hence Ld Orford delusion. — says he has heard & believes that a late Dr of Norfolk trained B.— do. in 3 generations to act an excellent returner —

Is certain that massive strength of jaws in comparison with other dogs — from type of bones what they can crush & from astonishing time they will hang suspended & can be thus carried, & their heavy bodies. —

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