Comments on JSH's botanical work with his parishioners. Lyell will be pleased that he has done some fossil botanical work.
Describes a Geological Society meeting about Edward Charlesworth's complaints.
Down Bromley | Kent
My dear Henslow
I have to thank you for a “muckalereous” newspaper, as well as your letter & two sermons— As far as
I have read in the latter, it appears to me full of most wise advice, &
& I shall finish it this evening.— Your fears about the dunghill made
us laugh— I sh
Lyell & co will be delighted to hear of your having actually finished some
fossil Botanical work.— I have heard many a groan over you & your
pursuits; & the worst of it is, that your pursuits are so evidently excellent,
that one cannot have the pleasure of abusing you. I hope indeed, you will find leisure
from your weightier occupations to go on with your fossil work, & I must put in
a word for poor Galapagos plants—remember the regret Humboldt expressed that
you had not published some sketch of them; whenever you do I
shall be very curious to know, what sort of relation the Flora bears to that of
S. America. I am getting on with my second very thin
part on “Volcanic Isl
Farewell, I wonder, whether we shall ever see you in this house— I heartily hope we may.—
Pray remember me very kindly to M
- f1 660.f1Henslow was then writing a series of newspaper articles on scientific methods of fertilisation. These were collected in Henslow 1843a.
- f2 660.f2Justus von Liebig was well known for his theories of agricultural chemistry.
- f3 660.f3Henslow had organised the farmers near Hadleigh to conduct fertiliser experiments (Jenyns 1862, pp. 77–82).
- f4 660.f4See letter from Alexander von Humboldt, 18 September 1839.
- f5 660.f5The work was eventually done by Joseph Dalton Hooker (J. D. Hooker 1845 and 1846).
- f6 660.f6Henslow had initially been a supporter of Edward Charlesworth (see letter to Charles Lyell, [5 and 7 October 1842]). The meeting described is evidently that of 14 December 1842 (see letter to W. H. Miller, [16 October–27 November 1842], n. 4).