To Leonard Jenyns 24 June 
Maer Hall | Newcastle Staffordshire
I have been scandalously indolent in not sooner answering your kind enquiries about me & mine. The country at first acted like magic on me, but the charm has latterly lost some of its virtue,1 I am, however, a good deal stronger than when in London, but I do not feel that I shall have any mental energy for a long time & the Doctors tell me, it will be some years, before my constitution will recover itself— You & I can tell people in health, they have little idea, what an unspeakable advantage they possess over us poor weak wretches.— I judge from your note that Hitcham acted on your health, somewhat like this place did on mine, that is as a temporary relief.—2
I can only repeat, what I have said before to beg you not to give yourself any anxiety to hurry forward your part,; let it come when it may.3 I feel sure it & all the other numbers, (whatever you may say to the contrary) will be good durable work.— I have lately had note from Bell, who has matter for Engraver’s ready, but alas says nothing about M.S. for Printers.—4 But I have made up my mind not to fret myself on the subject, & just take things easy.—
I earnestly hope your health may improve as the summer passes & follow my & Bells example & take your Fish Part easy.
Believe me dear Jenyns | Most truly your’s | C. Darwin June 24th—
Doctors predict it will take years for CD’s constitution to recover.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 599,” accessed on 30 July 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-599