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To Leonard Jenyns   24 May [1862]1

Down. | Bromley. | Kent. S.E.

May 24th

Dear Jenyns

I thank you most sincerely for your kind present of your memoir of Henslow.2 I have read about half & it has interested me much. I did not think that I could have venerated him more than I did; but your Book has even exalted his character in my eyes. From turning over the pages of the latter half I shd. think your account would be invaluable to any Clergyman who wished to follow poor dear Henslow’s noble example. What an admirable man he was.

I hope that you are yourself pretty well. I cannot say much for my own health.

With sincere thanks, believe me dear Jenyns | Yours very truly | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the reference to Jenyns’s memoir of his brother-in-law, John Stevens Henslow (see n. 2, below).
Henslow died on 16 May 1861. CD had contributed his own recollections of Henslow to Jenyns’s memoir (Jenyns 1862, pp. 51–5; see also Correspondence vol. 9 and Appendix X).


Thanks LJ for Memoir of Henslow; thinks it will be invaluable as an example to other clergymen.

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Darwin, C. R.
Jenyns, Leonard
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Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
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Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 3569,” accessed on 28 October 2016,