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 6 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-2253