Charles Darwin

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Charles Darwin

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Auction Date:2019 Jun 12 @ 18:00 (UTC-5 : EST/CDT)
Location:15th Floor WeWork, Boston, Massachusetts, 02108, United States
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
ALS signed “Charles Darwin,” one page, 5 x 8, personal Down House letterhead, June 11, [no year]. Letter to Henry Nottidge Moseley, a British naturalist who sailed on the global scientific expedition of HMS Challenger, in full: "I am very much obliged for your kind invitation, which I am extremely sorry to say that the state of my health renders it impossible for me to accept." In fine condition, with intersecting folds.

Darwin suffered intermittently from bouts of illness—the cause of which was never diagnosed—for over forty years, although his general health improved in his final decade. These forced periods of seclusion at Down House, however, may have aided him in his work: in his 1876 autobiography he noted that 'even ill-health, though it has annihilated several years of my life, has saved me from the distractions of society and amusement.' An interesting, boldly penned piece of correspondence from one great naturalist to another, enhanced by the presence of Darwin's large and bold full signature—he often shortened his first name to just an initial when closing letters.