To Julius von Haast 18 July 1
Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.
My dear Sir
I received about a fortnight ago a copy of your letter of Dec. 9th. & your note of March 5th,2 & now I have received a brief & very kind note of May 12th.—3 with the latter came the Report of your expedition to the west coast.4 I heartily congratulate you on your success. What fearful labour you have undergone & how well you must have managed the whole affair to have been so successful under such extreme difficulties.
On receiving your letter of December 9th (i.e. the copy of it) in which you say you would like a copy of the “Origin of species”; I wrote to my publisher to send one to you & I hope you will have received it before this reaches you.5 I shd. be the most insensible & dull man if I were not highly pleased by what an observer like you says of the “Origin”.— I have already expressed my sincere opinion on your admirable Address to your Society.6 I wonder whether you were the Author of a very amusing & really excellently done Dialogue on Natural Selection, in a New Zealand paper, which was sent to me?—7 I thank you for your information about the New Zealand Vertebrata:8 I really think there is hardly a point in the world so interesting with respect to geographical distribution as New Zealand. I have been very glad to hear of the curious case of change in habits of nesting in the New Zealand Duck; & it is a case which I shall at some future time quote.
I am at present working very hard on Variation under Domestication & hope in six months to begin printing.9 My weak health makes me live the life of a hermit & I really have no scientific news to communicate.
So you must, if you can, excuse this very dull letter, & believe me, my dear Sir, with sincere respect & my thanks | Yours very faithfully | Ch. Darwin
Acknowledges receipt of JvH’s letters and report of his expedition. Congratulates him on its success.
Has sent Origin.
There is hardly a place in the world as interesting as New Zealand with respect to geographical distribution.
Will quote the case of the ducks that nest in trees.
Is working hard on Variation.
- Letter no.
- Charles Robert Darwin
- John Francis Julius (Julius) von Haast
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand (Haast Family papers, MS–Papers–0037–051)
- Physical description