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To Leonard Jenyns   [13? January 1842]1

12 Up. Gower St


My dear Jenyns

I have read over your introduction & like it very much — it is full & quite satisfactory & will tell every one what to expect.— I sincerely rejoice I persuaded you to undertake this department—although it has cost you a deal of trouble— it has produced some good stirling work, and I am very glad I took the much smaller trouble of collecting the specimens—which is almost more than I can say for some parts of my collection.—

The printer shall send proofs with the M.S. of single sheets direct to you, & you shall return them direct to him & I will see your corrections inserted in the revise & should I have anything to remark can send the revise to you.— The Printer’s address is

“Mrss: Stewart & Murray

Green Arbour Court

Old Bayley”

I will write to Mr Hawkins2 tomorrow & find out how he is going on, & will in course of few days have the outlines sent to you.—

How unfortunate it has been your unwellness this week— I sincerely hope you are better to day—though it is a wretched day & I do not expect to hear, that you have been able to reach Mr. Hawkins house.

Believe me | Your’s Most truly | C. Darwin


Jenyns’ introduction to Fish is dated 8 January 1842.
Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, who executed the plates for Fish.


Fish: Pt IV of The zoology of the voyage of HMS Beagle. By Leonard Jenyns. Edited and superintended by Charles Darwin. London. 1840–2. [Vols. 2,3,4,9]


CD is pleased with LJ’s introduction [to Fish]. He rejoices that he persuaded LJ to undertake this work.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Leonard Jenyns/Leonard Blomefield
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Physical description
ALS 4pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 614,” accessed on 18 May 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2