To John Lubbock 19 [July 1855]1
I had a note from Lyell this morning in which he says you have found the first Ovibos moschatus ever discovered fossil in England!2
I must congratulate you on such a capital discovery. Considering the habit of ovibos, & the nature of the drift-beds, I declare, I think it one of the most interesting discoveries in fossils made for some years.—3 I congratulate you, & may this be the first of many interesting geological observations.
Yours very truly | C. Darwin
I wish you could have come here on Tuesday.4
Congratulations to JL on finding musk-ox fossil.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1720,” accessed on 14 February 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1720