To J. S. Henslow 28 [September 1831]
My dear Henslow
I have received another parcel of the Phalli from Barmouth.— & another jar of them, which I gathered the day before yesterday in a very damp shady wood: I am more than ever convinced that they are different species.— The Shropshire ones are, whiter more conical & stiffer, than the Barmouth one: the ball more dark coloured & the cap has less jelly, & that not so dark coloured:
They are all preserved in gin & brine owing to the want of more spirit.—
I have sent some of the Leiodes.— Will you be kind enough, when you send my goods to London—you will enclose a piece of brick lapped up in the German fashion.— & mention likewise, what sort of Lens Mr Brown1 recommended.— & lastly do not forget the introductions to Lowe2 & Smith.—3
I heard from Cap Fitzroy yesterday he gives me a week more of respite, & therefore I do not leave this place till the end of this week, & London on the 16th of October.— I wish indeed that time was arrived, for I begin to be very anxious to start.—4 My Father is getting much more reco〈nci〉led to the idea, as I knew he would, as soon as he became accustomed to it.—
Believe me dear Henslow | Yours most sincerely | Chas. Darwin *S 2
Has collected [Phalli] in Shropshire and compared them with Barmouth species. Is convinced they are different.
Asks JSH for introductions to R. T. Lowe and Andrew Smith.
Has been given another week’s respite by FitzRoy.