Discusses details of LJ's part of Zoology [Fish].
CD is working hard on Coral reefs.
12 Upper Gower St
I have been intending every single evening for the last fortnight to write to you
& thank you for your letter, but have put it off till the present hour, when my
conscience has grown desperate.— I admire the ingenuity, with which you
perceive a fishy smell about my book, my silence, & daresay the very name of
me:— Moreover this fishy smell, as far as I remember of it in
Henslow's Museum was not very savoury, so that I fear the very idea of me must
disturb your nostrils.— Far from thinking you have done little, I am delighted
to hear that the Acant. are so nearly ready: with respect to
the time could you let me have the fish by the end of November, as the latest, so as to
produce a number by the final day of the year, or on the 1
You make some allusion to coming up to town: we shall be here I believe till the latter part of August.— I shall have great pleasure in introducing you to my wife, & I hope you will really come up.— Have you any thoughts of Paris? We intend going to the meeting at Bermingham & thence to our homes during September, return in October to smoke & work.—
I am really very sorry that you find my fish such a troublesome job— ill luck to them they have caused me trouble & plague also,—but I trust you will eventually be repaid in their having led you to study some of the groups of foreign fish—& I feel sure, that whatever you do in them, as far as it goes, will be good work, & a step in the good science of Natural History. If I do not see you in town, I hope we shall meet at Birmingham & talk over the arrangemt of plates &c &c.—
It is a good while since we have met— I do not know when we shall find time
to pay Cambridge a visit, although M
I am hard at work, preparing the first volume of my geology— it is very pleasant easy work putting together the frame of a geological theory, but it is just as tough a job collecting & comparing the hard unbending facts— I have been for the last six weeks employed over one map to illustrate my views on coral formations.—
You will be glad to hear that Andrew Smith's, whose health has been of late so exceedingly precarious, is very much better, & in good spirits & I trust his life is now out of danger.—
Good bye dear Jenyns— Ever your's most truly | Chas. Darwin
- f1 527.f1Acanthopterygii.
- f2 527.f2Fish was issued in four separate numbers: No. 1 appeared in January 1840. The Acanthopterygii occupied most of the work (pp. 1–109 of the total of 159 pages). See letter to Leonard Jenyns, 14 October .
- f3 527.f3William Yarrell had published A history of British fishes in 1836.
- f4 527.f4The British Association met in Birmingham at the end of August and beginning of September 1839.
- f5 527.f5That is, the smoke of London.
- f6 527.f6Hitcham, Suffolk. Henslow gave a regular course of instruction in local botany for his parishioners, arranged natural history exhibitions, and provided annual fireworks displays (see Russell-Gebbett 1977).
- f7 527.f7Coral reefs.