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To John Stevens Henslow   3 January [1856]1

Down Bromley Kent

Jany. 3d.

My dear Henslow

I have received your letter, the Report & pamplet,2 for all of which very many thanks.— Your letter has been of real use to me, in deciding what to do, which will be, in consequence, very little.—

What trouble Government does give about Clubs.— I have been two whole days in drawing up the annual & Quinquennial Returns!

Farewell with many thanks.— Pray remember to let me have the case of the Canada Geese with the seed in crop, if ever you shd. meet with it; as the means of distribution is, at present, a great hobby with me.—3

Farewell | C. Darwin

Your servants relation. failed, I presume, in getting the wild Carnation seed from Rochester.—


Dated by the relationship to an earlier letter to Henslow about local insurance clubs and societies (Correspondence vol. 5, letter to J. S. Henslow, 26 December [1855]).
The report and pamphlet were sent in reply to CD’s request for advice on ‘various worrisome questions’ about the Down Friendly Club, of which he was treasurer. See Correspondence vol. 5, letter to J. S. Henslow, 26 December [1855].


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 28 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


Thanks for JSH’s letter, which has been of real use.

Complains of the trouble caused by reports to Government required of Benefit Clubs.

Interested in case of Canada geese with seed in crop, because means of distribution is now a great hobby.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Stevens Henslow
Sent from
Source of text
DAR 93: A106–A107
Physical description
ALS 3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1816,” accessed on 30 June 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 6