Asks LJ to lend him a copy of his paper ["Variation of species", Rep. BAAS 26 (1856): 101–5] and any notes or references he has. Although CD has a large accumulation of facts, it is impossible to see and consider too many.
His health is poor.
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Jenyns
I am very much obliged for your note.— I have seen only an abstract in the
Athenæum newspaper of your paper before Brit. Assoc. &
I have read but little more of your Meteorology, but I found in that little several things which I was curious to know.— I have turned to the passage referred to, on which I have nothing to say, except that you have put the whole case of the transparency of the air quite in a new light to me.—
In regard to species, if forms which have all the ordinary characters of species, are given up as immutable beings so created, it is, I think, extremely difficult not to go very much further; but this is to too big a point to enlarge on, & I am in a poor way today, having spent nearly all of it on the sofa; so goodbye & believe me | Dear Jenyns | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
I have had some correspondence with Buckman.—
- f1 2253.f1Dated by the relationship to the letter to Leonard Jenyns, 1 April , and by CD's reference to a forthcoming trip to Moor Park (see n. 3, below).
- f2 2253.f2The Athenæum, 16 August 1856, p. 1032, carried a brief account of Jenyns 1856, a paper on variation in animals read at the 1856 meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. John Stevens Henslow had told CD about Jenyns's paper (see Correspondence vol. 6, letter from J. S. Henslow, 2 August 1856).
- f3 2253.f3CD went to Moor Park hydropathic establishment, near Farnham, Surrey, on 20 April 1858 (‘Journal’; Appendix II). He had first visited Moor Park, run by Edward Wickstead Lane, in April 1857 (Correspondence vol. 6).
- f4 2253.f4Jenyns had cited CD's remarks from Journal of researches on the transparency of the air at the Cape Verde Islands in order to support his suggestion that the clearest air can be found between showers of rain (Jenyns 1858, p. 255, 256–7 n.).
- f5 2253.f5James Buckman, professor of geology and botany at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, had also delivered a paper at the 1856 British Association meeting on the variability and possible transmutation of cultivated plants. CD had corresponded with him in 1857 (see Correspondence vol. 6, letter to James Buckman, 4 October , and letter to Gardeners' Chronicle, [before 12 November 1857], n. 6).