To Leonard Jenyns [November 1841]
I was delighted to receive your note.— You are the most punctual & faithful of men.— I wish I could pay the same compliment to our good friend Bell.— He is, however, at work & was certain a short time since he would have a number out before yours.— I have hopes he will soon be ready, though I do not at all expect before yours.—1
With respect to the number of Plates, shall you think me very stingy, if I limit you to five or six— the money has gone at a quicker rate than I anticipated, so I hope this will content you—2
You will find in my Journal p. 13 & 14 some account of the habits of the Diodon (Nor 132)3 —& I send the notes, I made at the time, which very briefly relate to colour.— You can extract shorten, & alter anything you think worthy of insertion.— I would have corrected a copy, but I really do not know whether any, or how much, is worth repeating.— Please use your own judgment.— & bring with you, when you come to town, the three original pages of notes.4
I am very glad to hear you have been better this summer.— I have gained much strength, & have been twice to the Geological evening meetings—but I find I must give them up, as I must remain quiet in the evenings, or be utterly knocked up next day, which is a very great bore.
Goodbye my dear Jenyns | Ever yours | C. Darwin 12 Up. Gower St.—
Details regarding volume on Fish.
Sends notes on Diodon.
Must give up attending Geological Society evening meetings; knocks him up.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 611,” accessed on 30 March 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-611