Details regarding volume on Fish.
Sends notes on Diodon.
Must give up attending Geological Society evening meetings; knocks him up.
I was delighted to receive your note.— You are the most punctual & faithful of men.— I wish I could pay the same compliment to our good friend Bell.— He is, however, at work & was certain a short time since he would have a number out before yours.— I have hopes he will soon be ready, though I do not at all expect before yours.—
With respect to the number of Plates, shall you think me very stingy, if I limit you to five or six— the money has gone at a quicker rate than I anticipated, so I hope this will content you—
You will find in my Journal p. 13 & 14 some account of the
habits of the Diodon (No
I am very glad to hear you have been better this summer.— I have gained much strength, & have been twice to the Geological evening meetings—but I find I must give them up, as I must remain quiet in the evenings, or be utterly knocked up next day, which is a very great bore.
Goodbye my dear Jenyns | Ever yours | C. Darwin
12 Up. Gower St.—
- f1 611.f1The final number of Fish (No. 4) was published in April 1842. Bell's first number of Reptiles was published in August 1842 (Freeman 1977, p. 30).
- f2 611.f2Eventually there were nine plates in Fish, No. 4, which, with an appendix, came to more than double the number of pages of the others.
- f3 611.f3Three species of Diodon are described in Fish, No. 4, pp. 150–1.
- f4 611.f4The three pages of notes made during the Beagle voyage are preserved in DAR 30.1: 22–4.