Publication plans for the account of the Beagle expedition – CD to have the third volume for his journal.
News of naturalists and their interest in his specimens. Queries about plant specimens, including one on whether seeds from Keeling Island would endure salt water.
36 Great Marlborought
My dear Henslow
I have been very idle in not writing to you sooner, but I have been waiting to see, if
anything particular should occur to write about. But such has not been the
case.— I am living very quietly in nice comfortable lodgings, and though I
sadly miss a good walk in the country I am pretty well resigned to my fate. Till within
the few last days, I have been to as many dinner parties, as at your riotous place of
Cambridge, but now I am in the way of being left alone. I do no think when I last saw
you, that our plans about publication were settled. Now the scheme that the Captain
makes a plum pudding out of his own journal and that of Capt. King's kept
during the last yoyage, which together will make two volumes, and the third I am to have
to myself. I intend making it in a journal form, but following the order of places
rather than that of time, giving results of my geology and habits of animals where
interesting.— I have been going steadily, and have already made a hole in the
work, which I fear is more than the Captain can say. We intend to publish on the first
of November, but I doubt it will not be ready. As soon as I have gone straight through
the journal I shall continue adding what I can, by studying the geographical range and
other such subjects of the different branches. I daresay, by the middle of the summer
you will have time to give me, some general remarks, which will much add to the value of
the whole.— I met M
How goes on the new University?. I hear the examiners, are to
be paid, I trust you will be one, & will thus pay the great city more frequent
visits.— Pray remember me most kindly to Leonard J.,
tell him he will be glad for my sake to hear that M
Dear Henslow | Yours ever most truly | Chas Darwin
Pray remember me very kindly to M
- f1 353.f1Robert Brown.
- f2 353.f2William John Broderip.
- f3 353.f3The University of London, incorporating King's College and University College, received a Royal Charter on 28 November 1836.
- f4 353.f4Leonard Jenyns, Henslow's brother-in-law. CD's entomological pursuits while an undergraduate had brought him into contact with Jenyns, who held a living at Swaffham Bulbeck, near Cambridge.
- f5 353.f5Thomas Bell (see Reptiles, Part V of the Zoology). The Crustacea were not described, but for a history and an account of the surviving specimens see Chancellor et al. 1987.
- f6 353.f6Left blank in manuscript. CD probably had intended to supply the specimen number from his list of plants collected during the voyage. A copy of the list had been sent to Henslow. Of four specimens from Fernando Noronha, no. 384 is without a name. It is described as ‘A leafless tree bearing beautiful pink flowers at Fernando Noronha, an essential character in landscapes’ (Botanical notes, Darwin Archive, CUL; on deposit from the Cambridge University Herbarium). See also Journal and remarks, p. 11.
- f7 353.f7Isabelle 1835. The cardoon is described on p. 138 of Journal and remarks.
- f8 353.f8The capacity of seeds to survive immersion in sea-water was to become an important subject of experimentation by CD in the 1850s (see Collected papers 1: 255–8, 261–3, 264–73).
- f9 353.f9William Hallowes Miller.
- f10 353.f10Philip Yorke Gore, Chargé d'affaires in Buenos Aires, 1832–4, became the 6th Earl of Arran on 20 January 1837.