Looks forward to LJ's volume [Observations in natural history (1846)].
Observations on what the world would call trifling points in natural history are always very interesting to him. Deplores their absence in foreign periodicals.
Is slaving away to finish S. American geology.
Down Farnborough Kent
I am much obliged for your note & kind intended present of your volume, which I value much.— As the Athenæum Club is near Yarrell's, perhaps you could send it there, (but do not, if it happens to be inconvenient) for I invariably call there when in town, & occasionally send for parcels when they have accumulated. I feel sure I shall like it, for all discussions & observations on what the world would call trifling points in Natural History, always, appear to me very interesting. In such foreign periodicals, as I have seen, there are no such papers, as White, or Waterton; or some few other naturalists in Loudon's & Charlesworth's Journal, would have written, & a great loss it has always appeared to me.—
Have you any thoughts of Southampton? I have some vague idea of going there, &
My health continues pretty well; never right & seldom very wrong, as long as I live quite quietly.
The little d'
Believe me, dear Jenyns with very many thanks for your kind present | Ever yours truly | C. Darwin
- f1 987.f1The dates are based on the publication date of Jenyns 1846 (between 29 July and 14 August according to The Publisher's Circular of 15 August 1846) and CD's return from Shrewsbury on 9 August (‘Journal’; Correspondence vol. 3, Appendix II).
- f2 987.f2Jenyns 1846.
- f3 987.f3William Yarrell.
- f4 987.f4Jenyns 1846 was written using material that he had collected while working on his edition of Gilbert White's The natural history and antiquities of Selborne (Jenyns 1843). See Correspondence vol. 2, letter to Leonard Jenyns, [May–September 1842]. CD's annotated copy of Jenyns 1846 is in the Darwin Library–CUL.
- f5 987.f5Gilbert White and Charles Waterton.
- f6 987.f6The Magazine of Natural History, and Journal of Zoology, Botany, Mineralogy, Geology and Meteorology, first series, volumes 1–9 (1829–36), was edited by John Claudius Loudon. The second series, volumes 1–4 (1837–40), was edited by Edward Charlesworth. Both series are complete and extensively annotated in the Darwin Library–CUL.
- f7 987.f7Both CD and Jenyns attended the British Association meeting in Southampton from 10 to 16 September 1846 (see letters to J. S. Henslow, [5 October 1846], and to Leonard Jenyns, 17 October ).
- f8 987.f8An allusion to CD's children.