Doctors have urged him to knock off all work and go to the country. Arranges proof-reading with JSH, while he is at Shrewsbury.
36 Great Marlborough St
My dear Henslow
I have not been very well of late with an uncomfortable palpitation of the heart, and
my doctors urge me strongly to knock off all work & go and live in the
country, for a few weeks.— I believe I must do this: but I am in a puzzle how
to go on correcting the press.— If the proof is first sent to me, &
then to you, & then to me again at Shrewsbury very much time will be lost; and
even as is it, the Printers are always plaguing me, saying they are unable to print the
work quickly (which I urgently desire) if I keep so many sheets in type. I cannot tell
whether it will be best for the proof to go first to you & thence to me or vice
versâ.— In the latter case I lose the advantage of any sweeping
criticisms, such as altering the tone of any whole page.— Whilst, on the other
hand, if it goes to you first, I fear it must give you more trouble. Could you look over
the proof, without troubling yourself with minutiæ, & correcting such
as you now do leave me to finish the job.— When you offered to look over my
proofs sheets, I had not then experience, & did not know what a troublesome, but
goodnatured office you undertook.— I find it most disagreeable work, if I
attend to sense, I forget the spelling & vice versâ.— Will
you have the goodness to write to me by return of post & tell me what appears
best to you.— For I feel I must have a little rest, else I shall break
down.— I want also to hear whether you had time to speak to M
My dear Henslow | Ever your's. C. D.
I have just received a proof which I send in hope it will be back by Saturday. I have kept a duplicate.
- f1 378.f1This probably had something to do with the Treasury grant for Zoology.
- f2 378.f2Henslow sent corrected proofs from Liverpool, where he was attending the 1837 British Association meeting.
- f3 378.f3See Journal and remarks, pp. 98 ff., where CD questions the general assumption that luxuriant vegetation is necessary to support large animals. In Journal of researches 2d ed. (1845) this point is made even more strongly.