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To J. S. Henslow   16 September [1842]

[12 Upper Gower Street]

Sept 16th

My dear Henslow.

I bequest to your Museum,1 —a parcel of Paints with wh. Fuegians colour their bodies.2 Two spears with which the spear Porpoises Fish, Otters & Guanaco, &c— And a Pacific Dolphin Hook

Ever yours | C. Darwin


Henslow held a ‘Marquee museum’ on the grounds of the Hitcham rectory on special occasions. Beginning in 1850 these museums were presented in connection with horticultural shows (Jenyns 1862, pp. 93–6; Russell-Gebbett 1977, p. 81).
CD later asked to have the paint returned for analysis by Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg. For its composition see Correspondence vol. 3, letter from C. G. Ehrenberg, 13 March 1845.


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Jenyns, Leonard. 1862. Memoir of the Rev. John Stevens Henslow, late rector of Hitcham, and professor of botany in the University of Cambridge. London: John Van Voorst.

Russell-Gebbett, Jean. 1977. Henslow of Hitcham: botanist, educationalist and clergyman. Lavenham, Suffolk: Terence Dalton.


CD gives JSH Fuegian paints and spears and a Pacific dolphin hook for his museum.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Stevens Henslow
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
DAR 93: A7
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 642,” accessed on 15 September 2023,

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