Diary sub-note: 1852. Earl of Oxford and Asquith born
S.R. 6.30, S.S. 7.22
Went & spent the day with mummie at “Upwey”. She met me in Reading with the car. Spent morning talking to Molly. Had Joy Edwards to tea. Daddie came back from the boat.
Diary footnote, accompanying a photograph of a Labrador Retriever: LABRADOR RETRIEVER. Opinions vary as to his early history. Dogs of this type were brought to this country from Newfoundland early in the 19th century, which are supposed to have been lesser Newfoundlands. Crossed with the English Setter and Pointer respectively, these produced the Flat-coated and Labrador Retrievers. For a long time the former were far the most popular, and supplanted the old English curly coated retriever. Now the Labrador has come into his own and has proved himself one of the best gun-dogs.