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From R. W. Darwin to J. S. Henslow   28 December 1835


28 December 1835

Dear Sir

I am much obliged for the favour of your letter, for the flattering terms in which you speak of my son and for your kind attention in sending the copies of the extracts from his letters.1

We are all sensible how much Charles owes to you his success and the great advantage your friendship is to him. He feels and speaks of it.

I thought the voyage hazardous for his happiness but it seems to prove otherwise and it is highly gratifying to me to think he gains credit by his observation and exertion.

There is a natural good humored energy in his letters just like himself.

Dear Sir very faithfully | your obliged | R W Darwin *S 2

Professor Henslow


The pamphlet, ‘Extracts from letters addressed to Professor Henslow by C. Darwin, Esq’, dated 1 December 1835, was privately printed for distribution to members of the Cambridge Philosophical Society (see Collected papers 1: 3–15).


Collected papers: The collected papers of Charles Darwin. Edited by Paul H. Barrett. 2 vols. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. 1977.


Thanks JSH for copies of "Extracts from letters addressed to Professor Henslow by C. Darwin, Esq." [privately printed for Cambridge Philosophical Society; Collected papers 1: 3–16].

The family is sensible how much CD owes to JSH, and RWD is highly gratified by CD’s success.

Letter details

Letter no.
Robert Waring Darwin
John Stevens Henslow
Sent from
Source of text
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 28 DAR/1/1/28)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 290,” accessed on 23 May 2024,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 1