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Letter 558

Darwin, C. R. to Jenyns, Leonard

[27 Feb 1840]

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    Has been unwell. Publication of two numbers [of Zoology] has been delayed. Thought first Fish number good.

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12 Upper Gower St

Thursday

Dear Jenyns

I have been intending for some time to write to you to ask some fishy questions, & to tell you that there has been a delay of a month in the publication of the present number, but I have been for the last month so uncomfortable from unwellness, that I have thought of nothing & done nothing, which I ought to have done.— Owen was unable to complete the last no of fossil Mammal: by the end of this month & I too unwell to bring out a number of birds so that it has been delayed till 1st of April—& the next will be 1st of June;— then August &c &c.— Shall you have a number ready by 1st of June?— I really forget whether you agreed to be ready— everything has been driven out of my head.—

It will be a great convenience to me if you are able; & then the last of birds shall appear on 1st of August.—

Pray send me a single line.— How have you been this winter.— What detestable cold weather it has been of late— it has been killing me by inches.— I saw Henslow a few days since.— He was looking very well & growing fat.—

Believe me dear Jenyns | Yours most truly | Chas. Darwin—

P.S. I hope you received your extra copies of the Fish— I think the number looks uncommonly well. — Several people have approved of it much—& amongst the rest Owen.— It is good work & will stand its ground, which I wish I could say for my confounded pretty birds

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    f1 558.f1
    The final number of Birds did not appear until March 1841. The original plan was to issue a number of the Zoology every other month. After a slow start, this schedule was maintained from May 1838 through January 1840. Then Owen's final number, which should have appeared in March, appeared in April, and the second number of Fish appeared in June. Thereafter publication was irregular, with frequent delays (see Freeman 1977, pp. 28–31).
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    The first number of Fish had appeared in January 1840.
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