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From H. N. Moseley   24 November 1878

Exeter College | Oxford

Nov 26. 78

Dear Mr Darwin

I hope to publish my Challenger Journal about Christmas  I send you by book post a set of revises of the first 300 pages of the book. My object in doing so is to ask you if you will permit me to dedicate the book to you.1  It would of course be a great pleasure to me to be allowed to do so.

I am well aware that the book has many faults and imperfections and that a good deal of it lacks novelty, but there are I think some good points in it. Most of it is printed from a journal sent home in the form of letters from the Challenger.

I do not know whether you object to having books dedicated to you and I have some scruple in making my present request because I feel that your kindness might lead you to give me the permission I ask even though such might be to some extent at variance with your inclinations. I trust however that you will have no scruples in refusing my request should you entertain any feelings of doubt in the matter.

May I ask you to return my bundle of sheets of proof. I have no other complete set to work with. I hope to be able to send you the complete book in the course of three weeks.

Believe me | yours truly | H N Moseley.


Moseley’s Notes by a naturalist on the ‘Challenger’ (Moseley 1879) was dedicated to CD.


Moseley, Henry Nottidge. 1879. Notes by a naturalist on the ‘Challenger’, being an account of various observations made during the voyage of H.M.S. ‘Challenger’ round the world, in the years 1872–1876. London: Macmillan and Co.


Sends revises [of his Notes by a naturalist on the "Challenger", 1872–6 (1879)] and asks permission to dedicate it to CD.

Letter details

Letter no.
Henry Nottidge Moseley
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Exeter College, Oxford
Source of text
DAR 171: 256
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11761,” accessed on 28 November 2021,