Douglas, Charles Mackinnon, 1865-1924 (politician and agricultural expert)
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Ewart writes that he is sending Douglas another paper on the development of the horse, but that he will require financial help to continue with the work. He supposes that the Development Commissioners are not worth approaching, but asks Douglas to consider the matter favourably.
Douglas writes in favour of Ewart's farm at Fairslacks as a suitable place for breeding experiments. He also highlights the distinction between a demonstration farm for the instruction of farmers, and an experimental farm designed to afford normal conditions in which investigation can be carried out. He also states that he sees no reason why Jersey cows should not be kept in good health at Fairslacks.
Douglas writes that he will send an 'Argalian' sheep skull and horns to Ewart at the University for investigation. He would like to talk the matter over with Ewart, as he believes that this type of horn is found in no other breed than the 'Argalian'.
Douglas provides some information about the pony 'Evie'.
Douglas writes that he will make further enquiries about the pony 'Mafdood'. He has finished the manuscript of the little book with Elwes and wonders if Ewart will write a short note on the origin of the pony.
Douglas suggests amendments that need to be made on the proofs of the appendix plates before being sent to Blackwood.
Douglas agrees with Ewart that funding would not be forthcoming from the Development Commissioners at present. Although he is in favour of the Highland and Agricultural Society supporting Ewart's work, he fears that the Directors will not agree, as at present they are disinclined to spend the Society's money on purely scientific research. However, if Ewart puts in an application, he will do his best for it in the Committee.