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From Julius von Haast   13 May 1863

Christchurch NZ.

May 13th 1863

Dear Sir!

Returning this moment from my summer campaign, I am delighted to find your very kindly note of the 22nd of January.1 Many, many thanks! Those expressions of acknowledgment make me very happy & will give me new strength for my pursuits. The mail closes in half an hour, so I must be short. Inclosed an account of my last expedition.2 You see, I have had a good result. With next mail I shall write more fully & give you some very interesting facts, but I would not let the mail part without a word of thanks.

Believe me my dear Sir | very faithfully yours | Julius Haast

Charles Darwin Esqre | FRS etc.

Down Bromley Kent SE.


The enclosure has not been found. Haast refers to his geological expedition across the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s Middle Island (now South Island) to the west coast (see letter from Julius von Haast, 5 March 1863 and n. 2), and probably to the account of his expedition published in the Christchurch Press, 1 April 1863, pp. 1–2, and 2 April 1863, pp. 2–3. See also enclosure to letter from J. D. Hooker, 20 April 1863 and n. 28.


Thanks CD for letter [3935].

Encloses report [missing] of his latest expedition [to west coast], which had a grand result.

Letter details

Letter no.
John Francis Julius (Julius) von Haast
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 166: 3
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 4160,” accessed on 20 March 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 11