To Leonard Jenyns [9 May 1842]
12 Upper Gower
I am sorry about the mistake of the Fish-numbers—1 I have been to Smith & Elder & they apologise for their mistake & will send them off immediately— I hope you will not have to write again— I have sent off per Waggon, (Carr Paid) the fish-skins & all the bottles carefully packed up, directed to Mr Crouch Phil. Soc. Cambridge.—2
You must feel lightened of no inconsiderable load, having finished the Fish— I was looking at the last number yesterday— what a mass of matter there is in it!— The conviction I feel that your Part is real good work, I assure you, is a very great satisfaction to me often-times, when I doubt whether I ought to have applied to the Government for money. I wish I could get Bell to complete his Part,3 the Publishers will then try & push the sale at home & abroad.—
Farewell. | Yours most truly | C. Darwin.
I leave London in about a week or 10 days—my wife & children have already left.—
I have just finished correcting the last Page of Index of my small volume on Coral Reefs,4 wh. rejoices the inward cores of my heart
Is sending fish skins and bottles off to Cambridge Philosophical Society.
Fish numbers [of Zoology], now finished, give CD satisfaction when he doubts whether he ought to have applied for Government money.
Wishes Thomas Bell would finish his part [Reptiles].
CD has just corrected last page of index of Coral reefs.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 629,” accessed on 30 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-629