RECORD: Darwin, C. R. 1885. [Letter to Arthur Nicols on sense of smell in cats, 20 March 1873] In Arthur Nicols, Natural history sketches among the Carnivora wild and domesticated: with observations on their habits and mental faculties. London: L. Upcott Gill, p. 52.

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by John van Wyhe. RN1

NOTE: See Correspondence of Charles Darwin vol. 21.

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The experiments on the sense of smell in cats and dogs seem to me very good. From your previous note, I know you do not believe in the stories of cats returnĀ­ing home over unknown ground; but if such a case is mentioned in Nature, I would suggest your sending your experiment to that journal for publication, as bearing on Mr. Wallace's theory, which I am half inclined to admit.

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