To Leonard Jenyns [14 or 21 August 1846]1
Down Farnborough Kent
I am much obliged for your note & kind intended present of your volume, which I value much.—2 As the Athenæum Club is near Yarrell’s,3 perhaps you could send it there, (but do not, if it happens to be inconvenient) for I invariably call there when in town, & occasionally send for parcels when they have accumulated. I feel sure I shall like it, for all discussions & observations on what the world would call trifling points in Natural History, always, appear to me very interesting.4 In such foreign periodicals, as I have seen, there are no such papers, as White, or Waterton;5 or some few other naturalists in Loudon’s & Charlesworth’s Journal,6 would have written, & a great loss it has always appeared to me.—
I shd. have much liked to have met you in London, but I cannot leave home, as my wife is recovering from a rather sharp fever attack & I am myself slaving to finish my S. American Geology, of which, thanks to all Plutonic powers, two-thirds are through the press, & then I shall feel a comparatively free man.
Have you any thoughts of Southampton? I have some vague idea of going there, & shd. much enjoy meeting you.—7
My health continues pretty well; never right & seldom very wrong, as long as I live quite quietly.
The little d’s, of whom you enquire, now number four, two of each gender.8
Believe me, dear Jenyns with very many thanks for your kind present | Ever yours truly | C. Darwin
Looks forward to LJ’s volume [Observations in natural history (1846)].
Observations on what the world would call trifling points in natural history are always very interesting to him. Deplores their absence in foreign periodicals.
Is slaving away to finish S. American geology.