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Darwin Correspondence Project

To H. N. Moseley   26 November [1878]1


Nov. 26th.

Dear Moseley

Your proposal to dedicate your book to me, I look at as a great honour.2 Nothing whatever gives me so much pleasure as to think that my work has at all encouraged in others a taste for Natural History, & to believe that this is so in your case is an especial pleasure to me; for you must allow me to say that your several papers & your conversation have led me to believe that you have a grand career before you in Biology.—3

I received your letter late last night, but the proof-sheets had not yesterday arrived at Down, but book-packets often come a day after date.— We return home early tomorrow (27th) morning & I do not doubt that I shall find there the sheets—4 They shall be returned, after I have glanced over a few pages, by tomorrows post, as I fear that you will already have been inconvenienced by the delay— I feel a strong conviction that your book will prove very interesting to all naturalists, & I am very glad that it will soon be published.—

Again thanking you, I remain, | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from H. N. Moseley, 24 November 1878.
Moseley had sent CD several papers with observations made during the Challenger voyage; he had visited CD at Down House in November 1876 (see Correspondence vol. 24, letter to H. N. Moseley, 5 November [1876]).
CD stayed at the home of Richard Buckley and Henrietta Emma Litchfield at 4 Bryanston Street, London, from 19 to 27 November 1878 (CD’s ‘Journal’ (Appendix II)).


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

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.


Thanks for HNM’s offer to dedicate book [Notes by a naturalist on the "Challenger" (1879)].

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Henry Nottidge Moseley
Sent from
Source of text
Christie’s, London (dealers) (online 31 October – 8 November 2018, lot 10)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11762,” accessed on 19 September 2021,