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From H. N. Moseley   7 November 1876

Exeter College | Oxford.

Nov 7. 1876.

My dear Sir

Very many thanks for your kind letter and invitation to dine with you and sleep a night at your house.1

It will be the very greatest honour and pleasure to me to have the opportunity of a personal interview with you.

I attend a meeting of the Linnean Society on Nov 16th in London. If the 17th or 18th would suit you I could come then or I would come at any other time which might be more convenient.

I am sorry if from my letter I led you to suppose that I believed in any such thing as Physiognomy2   I merely thought that observations on the details of the face made by physiognomists for their own purposes might possibly prove interesting by drawing attention to features occurring in Japanese faces which might otherwise be overlooked.

I am | yours truly | H N Moseley.

Charles Darwin Esq FRS.


See letter from H. N. Moseley, 3 November 1876. On the rise and fall of physiognomy as a practice, see Hartley 2001.


Accepts invitation to Down for 17 or 18 November.

Letter details

Letter no.
Henry Nottidge Moseley
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Exeter College, Oxford
Source of text
DAR 171: 255
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10665,” accessed on 28 November 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 24