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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. S. Henslow   [23 September 1837]

[36 Great Marlborough Street]


My dear Henslow

I am greatly obliged to you for allowing me to send the slips to you first; for now all will go on capitally.— I shall leave London on Monday & shall tell the printers henceforward to send the slip to you.—

I will keep an account of how many you receive. In case you should be busy or unwell &c & have not time to look over the slip any day, I think it will be best to forward it uncorrected & not keep it, for the printers are so savage. I only pray that all readers are not so sharp-sighted as you, otherwise they will I fear find a good many errors in the slips, which I sent, whilst you were at Liverpool.— What a very difficult thing it is to write correctly, I am only just beginning to feel my own inaccuracies.

The slip I send by this post, is corrected all but a column and a half.— Will you forward it to Shrewsbury.—

I am sorry you should have had the trouble of writing to Mr Rice. My father wants to see me, else I know nothing I should have enjoyed more than paying you a visit & to “see how comfortable” you are.— I have been working all day till I am quite tired.—

Yours most truly | Chas Darwin

Remember me most kindly to Mrs Henslow, & give my best love to my dear little grave Miss Anny.—


Proof-reading arrangements for Journal of researches. CD’s difficulty in writing correctly.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
John Stevens Henslow
Sent from
London, Gt Marlborough St, 36
Source of text
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Henslow letters: 41 DAR/1/1/41)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 381,” accessed on 26 September 2021,

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