To J. S. Henslow 17 January 
Down Farnborough | Kent
My dear Henslow
Mr Ransome1 has in the most magnificent manner, & owing, he says, to all that he has heard you say of me, presented me with a complete series of the Ipswich likenesses.2 In consequence I have you in duplicate3 & wish therefore to return one copy to you.— Will you tell me where I can have it left for you in London.— I have some copies of my own likeness, which you no doubt have in the series, otherwise I shd of course have been proud to have sent you one.— My wife says she never saw me with the smile, as engraved, but that otherwise that it is very like.— My said wife has been occupied these two days past in producing a fourth boy Darwin & seventh child!4 He is to be called Leonard,—a name I hold in affection from Cambridge & other associations.—5 I was so bold during my wifes confinement which are always rapid, as to administer Chloroform, before the Dr came & I kept her in a state of insensibility of 1 & hours & she knew nothing from first pain till she heard that the child was born.— It is the grandest & most blessed of discoveries.
Yours affect | C. Darwin
I hope Mrs & Miss Henslow are well
I am at work again & believe I have succeeded in persuading our Clodhoppers to be enrolled in a Club.—6
Announces birth of his fourth son, Leonard.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1293,” accessed on 22 January 2017, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1293