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Letter 599

Darwin, C. R. to Jenyns, Leonard

24 June [1841]

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    Doctors predict it will take years for CD's constitution to recover.


Maer Hall | Newcastle Staffordshire

Dear Jenyns

I have been scandalously indolent in not sooner answering your kind enquiries about me & mine. The country at first acted like magic on me, but the charm has latterly lost some of its virtue, I am, however, a good deal stronger than when in London, but I do not feel that I shall have any mental energy for a long time & the Doctors tell me, it will be some years, before my constitution will recover itself— You & I can tell people in health, they have little idea, what an unspeakable advantage they possess over us poor weak wretches.— I judge from your note that Hitcham acted on your health, somewhat like this place did on mine, that is as a temporary relief.—

I can only repeat, what I have said before to beg you not to give yourself any anxiety to hurry forward your part,; let it come when it may. I feel sure it & all the other numbers, (whatever you may say to the contrary) will be good durable work.— I have lately had note from Bell, who has matter for Engraver's ready, but alas says nothing about M.S. for Printers.— But I have made up my mind not to fret myself on the subject, & just take things easy.—

I earnestly hope your health may improve as the summer passes & follow my & Bells example & take your Fish Part easy.

Believe me dear Jenyns | Most truly your's | C. Darwin
June 24th

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    f1 599.f1
    CD visited Maer and Shrewsbury from 28 May to 23 July 1841 (‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 2, Appendix II).
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    f2 599.f2
    Jenyns had evidently been visiting the Henslows. His sister Harriet was Henslow's wife.
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    f3 599.f3
    Fish, No. 4, was not published until April 1842.
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    f4 599.f4
    CD refers to Reptiles, by Thomas Bell.
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