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Physical Characteristics

Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: Created For = NAHSTE

Found in 71 Collections and/or Records:

Letter to James Cossar Ewart from George Henderson, 30 March 1914

Identifier: Coll-14/9/20/4
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Henderson writes that he is sending Ewart two photographs (photographs not present) of a cart used to carry Punjab sheep tails. He remarks that the tails are not as large as some of the ones he has seen.

Dates: 30 March 1914

Letter to James Cossar Ewart from G.P. Lort, 06 November 1910

Identifier: Coll-14/9/16/28
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Lort writes that he has not yet been able to buy any Welsh ewes that have not been with a ram, but when he does he will send one with a 'Soa' ewe to Pocock and four to Ewart along with a Shropshire and St Kilda cross and Manx and St Kilda cross. He provides some information about the tails of various sheep breeds.

Dates: 06 November 1910

Letter to James Cossar Ewart from Henry Fairfield Osborn, 05 December 1913

Identifier: Coll-14/9/19/58
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Osborn writes that he is delighted that the Celtic pony is to be added to the type collection in the American Museum of Natural History. He believes it will be advantageous to have the pony exposed to the winter climate to bring out its distinctive coat characteristics. He is glad to hear from Ewart about the progress being made with the zoological park. At present he is busy completing the Titanothere volume, but he will appreciate Ewart's researches when he comes to the horse volume.

Dates: 05 December 1913

Letter to James Cossar Ewart from Henry Fairfield Osborn, 24 October 1916

Identifier: Coll-14/9/22/31
Scope and Contents Osborn reports the safe arrival of the Equus caballus and Equus caballus celticus. He feels strongly that the Museum should have Ewart's original type specimen of Equus caballus celticus because it agrees more closely with his original characterisation of the species in the small size of the head. He asks whether it would be practical to have the skin removed and the skeleton sent to them, as the specimen Ewart...
Dates: 24 October 1916

Letter to James Cossar Ewart from Henry Fairfield Osborn, 05 January 1918

Identifier: Coll-14/9/24/1
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Osborn writes that he will shortly send Ewart a revision of the Equidae, which he calls 'a dry, exhausting piece of work, which is, however, absolutely essential for the more interesting monograph which I trust will follow one day.' He reports that the Celtic pony is now in full coat and is not typical. As it lacks many of the specific characters on which Ewart established the subspecies, he requests again the skeleton and skin of the type.

Dates: 05 January 1918

Letter to James Cossar Ewart from Henry John Elwes, 16 August [1912]

Identifier: Coll-14/9/18/50
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Elwes writes that he has heard that the sheep at Greystoke will be transported once the restrictions in Peebles are lifted. He recommends that Ewart take a photograph of the Foula ewes while they are alive. He is buying some of Lort's Manx and Manx-Soay crosses, and a black bull with a broad white belt. He would like to put his fat-tailed ewes to Ewart's fat-tailed ram.

The year is not written on the letter.

Dates: 16 August [1912]

Letter to James Cossar Ewart from James Cameron, 15 January 1899

Identifier: Coll-14/9/5/3
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Cameron provides instances of hereditary physical characteristics passed on in the same family, and how this relates to hybridisation.

Dates: 15 January 1899

Letter to James Cossar Ewart from James Hay Caird, 06 February 1899

Identifier: Coll-14/9/5/11
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Caird outlines some personality traits and physical characteristics of his father and grandfather. He discusses other family resemblances, the origins of the family name and other genealogical information.

Dates: 06 February 1899

Letter to James Cossar Ewart from James Wilson, 09 November 1910

Identifier: Coll-14/9/16/31
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Wilson describes the photographs taken of the skulls in the Museum of the Royal College of Science, Dublin in order to compare flat and projecting polls. He suspects the projecting polls were more popular in the past but that breeders prefer flat polls now.

Dates: 09 November 1910

Letter to James Cossar Ewart from J.B Robertson, 18 November 1910

Identifier: Coll-14/9/16/35
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Robertson writes that he had come to the same conclusion as Ewart that a slender horse played an important part in the ancestry of the English thoroughbred. He has compared various fossilised remains and concluded that although the shaft of the central portion of the large metacarpal bone is broad, the shapes of the first three phalanger are indicative of a slender race. He makes several observations on the significance of the metacarpals.

Dates: 18 November 1910