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To H. N. Moseley   22 November [1876]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Nov. 22d

My dear Mr Moseley

It is very kind of you to send me the Japanese books, which are extremely curious & amusing. My son Frank is away, but I am sure he will be much obliged for the two papers which you have sent him.2

Thanks, also, for your interesting note: it is pity that Peripatus is so stupid as to spit out the viscid matter at the wrong end of its body: it would have been beautiful thus to have explained the origin of the spiders web.—3

Yours very sincerely. | Ch. Darwin

P.S | I am not disappointed at what W. Thomson says: as long as a man believes in evolution biology will progress, & it signifies comparatively little whether he admits natural selection & thus gains some light on the method, or remains in utter darkness.4

Footnotes

The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter from H. N. Moseley, [after 17 November 1876].
See letter from H. N. Moseley, [after 17 November 1876]. The papers sent to Francis Darwin have not been identified.
Moseley had commented on Frederick Wollaston Hutton’s article about Peripatus novae-zealandiae (now Peripatoides novaezealandie, a velvet worm) in his letter of [after 17 November 1876].
Moseley had sent a clipping from The Times about Charles Wyville Thomson’s address to the natural history class at Edinburgh University; see letter from H. N. Moseley, [after 17 November 1876] and n. 4.

Summary

Thanks for Japanese books, and papers by HNM.

Comments on Peripatus.

Not disappointed at what William Thomson says about evolution.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-10685
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
Henry Nottidge Moseley
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Christie’s, London (dealers) (online 31 October – 8 November 2018, lot 8)
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 10685,” accessed on 28 May 2020, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-10685.xml

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

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