To J. S. Henslow 20 February 
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Henslow
Enclosed is the answer to your query: when complete the work will consist, I believe, of 6 numbers, lately only 4 were published.—1
I am glad to hear that you have been lecturing, as a sign, I trust, that you have been pretty well.2 Your “Museum Notices” if published, would, I should think, make a complete Encyclopædia of all the Sciences!
Have you seen Hooker’s book3 yet: it is most beautifully got up & illustrated, & I feel greatly honoured & very much gratified at the wonderful compliment of its dedication to me.— I have read about a hundred pages, & like it very much.—
I saw a letter a few days ago from Lyell from Madeira:4 he was enjoying the scenery & geology beyond measure & was going to start in a few days for Teneriffe.— Mrs Bunbury has profited in health wonderfully from her voyage, & been better than she has been for years.—5
Do, I most heartily beg you, keep to your proposal of paying us a visit on your return from Mr Jenyn’s.6 & we will go to the Crystal Palace.7
We could send to Edenbridge Station (eleven miles) to meet you, sleep here, & go next day or next day but one to the Palace; & thus the great rectangle which the S.E. Railway makes, would be cut off.—8
My dear Henslow, I most sincerely hope that you are well.— | Ever yours | C. Darwin
Honoured and gratified by the dedication [to CD] of Hooker’s book [Himalayan journals].
News of Lyell from Madeira.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1554,” accessed on 11 December 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1554