To Leonard Jenyns 9 April 1
Down Bromley Kent
My dear Jenyns
I am very much obliged for your note.— I have seen only an abstract in the Athenæum newspaper of your paper before Brit. Assoc. & shd be very glad indeed to read the whole; that is if you will entrust it to me for a month or two.2 My health has been lately so bad, that I am in 10 days time going to a Hydropathic Establishment for a fortnights rest & treatment.3 Have you any copy of the printed abstract which you could lend me, & any notes or references I shd be very glad to see: for although I have a very large accumulation of facts, of which I shall actually use, but a fraction, it is impossible to read & consider too many.
I have read but little more of your Meteorology, but I found in that little several things which I was curious to know.— I have turned to the passage referred to, on which I have nothing to say, except that you have put the whole case of the transparency of the air quite in a new light to me.—4
In regard to species, if forms which have all the ordinary characters of species, are given up as immutable beings so created, it is, I think, extremely difficult not to go very much further; but this is to too big a point to enlarge on, & I am in a poor way today, having spent nearly all of it on the sofa; so goodbye & believe me | Dear Jenyns | Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin
I have had some correspondence with Buckman.—5
Asks LJ to lend him a copy of his paper ["Variation of species", Rep. BAAS 26 (1856): 101–5] and any notes or references he has. Although CD has a large accumulation of facts, it is impossible to see and consider too many.
His health is poor.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 2253,” accessed on 26 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2253