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Darwin Correspondence Project

To Leonard Blomefield   17 April [1873]1

Down, | Beckenham, Kent.

April 17th

My dear Jenyns

I cannot begin a note to you in any other way, though no doubt you are well accustomed to your new name.2 I write merely to thank you for your essay on Local Biology.3 It has interested me much; & I doubt whether there is another man who could have collected so many valuable suggestions & curious facts.— I hope that you keep fairly well. As for myself I am much as usual, but with care & much discomfort am able to work a few hours almost every day.

With cordial recollections of old times, believe me | Yours very sincerely | Ch. Darwin


The year is established by the publication date of Blomefield’s essay (see n. 3, below).
In 1871, Leonard Jenyns received a considerable property on condition that he change his name to Blomefield (ODNB).
CD’s annotated copy of Blomefield’s paper ‘Local biology’ (Blomefield 1872) is in the Darwin Pamphlet Collection–CUL.


Thanks LB for his essay on local biology.

CD with much care and discomfort is now able to work a few hours almost every day.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Blomefield, Leonard
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Source of text
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (LET3016)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8863,” accessed on 23 June 2018,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21