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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

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 614,” accessed on 8 March 2021,

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