Has been "cramming up learning to ornament my journal with".
Sends a list of questions on his botanical specimens. Needs answers for Journal of researches, which he expects to go to press in August.
My dear Henslow
I returned a few days since from my Shrewsbury visit, which I enjoyed most thoroughly.
I am now hard at work, cramming up learning to ornament my journal with, you may guess
the object of this letter is to beg, a few hard names, respecting my plants.—
I believe I shall really begin printing in beginning of August, so that there is no time
to lose.— Will you look over the list of questions, & try to answer me
some of them.— For instance it will not take you long just to count the number
of species in my collection from the Keeling Isl
I suppose all your business about the living is settled, & that you will not have occasion to come up to London again.— I am getting heartily sick of my journal, & wish it was finished that I might set to w<or>k at the geology.— You d<o> not known, what a comfort it is to me to known that the proof sheets will pass under your eye, before they are published
Ever yours most truly | Chas. Darwin
- f1 366.f1In the letter, CD refers to the 12th as the date of writing, but Thursday was the 13th—which is also the date of the postmark.
- f2 366.f2Henslow later described the Keeling Island plants (see Henslow 1838).
- f3 366.f3Diodon is described by CD in Journal and remarks, pp. 13–14, and by Leonard Jenyns in Fish, p. 151. Jenyns identified it as ‘either the young of the D. antennatus of Cuvier or else new’.
- f4 366.f4The Crown Living at Hitcham, Bildeston, Suffolk, worth £1000 per annum, was given to Henslow early in 1837, but he did not reside in Hitcham permanently until 1839 (Jenyns 1862, pp. 65–6).