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From Leonard Jenyns   9 May 1868

Summary

Sends his notes on Florent Prévost’s reference to the habits of the cuckoo.

Author:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  9 May 1868
Classmark:  DAR 168: 58
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-6168

From Leonard Jenyns   [c. 30 March 1841]

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LJ has had a letter from R. T. Lowe in Madeira who thinks Scorpaena histrio, a species from Galapagos described in no. 1 [of Fish], is the same as the one in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. LJ does not think it is possible.

Author:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [c.30 Mar 1841]
Classmark:  DAR 205.3: 279
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-596

From Leonard Jenyns   27 February 1868

Summary

On polygamous birds and the pairing of birds. Late singing of males. [see Descent 2: 107.]

Author:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  27 Feb 1868
Classmark:  DAR 86: A14–15, DAR 84.1: 116–17
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5944

From Leonard Jenyns   28 May 1862

Summary

Pleased with CD’s opinion of the Henslow Memoir [L. Jenyns, Memoir of the Rev. John Stevens Henslow (1862)]

Author:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  28 May 1862
Classmark:  DAR 168: 57
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3573

From Leonard Jenyns   22 January [1862]

Summary

Sends proof-sheets of CD’s contribution to LJ’s Memoir of Henslow.

Author:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  22 Jan [1862]
Classmark:  DAR 168: 55
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3406

From Leonard Jenyns   31 December 1861

Summary

Thanks CD for his contribution to the memoir of Henslow [L. Jenyns, Memoir of the Rev. John Stevens Henslow (1862)].

Author:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  31 Dec 1861
Classmark:  DAR 168: 56
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-3355

From Leonard Jenyns   4 January 1860

Summary

Has read Origin and considers it one of the most valuable contributions to present-day natural history. Believes, however, that there are difficulties in the extensive generalisation that all taxonomic groups are related by descent. Does not understand how Genesis is to be read unless at least the human species was created independently of other animals. Cannot bring himself to the idea that man’s reasoning and moral sense could have been obtained from "irrational progenitors": the "Divine Image" is the unsurmountable distinction between man and brutes. [See 2644.]

Author:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  4 Jan 1860
Classmark:  Kinnordy MS, Charles Lyell’s journal V, pp. 95–103
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2637A

From Leonard Jenyns   [before 18 April 1858]

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[Copy of some rough notes.] References about species. Variations within species.

Author:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  [before 18 Apr 1858]
Classmark:  DAR 45: 20–4
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-2250

From Leonard Blomefield   12 March 1877

Summary

Congratulates CD on testimonials from the savants of Germany and the Netherlands [Nature 15 (1877): 356, 410–12] and generally on his contributions to biology.

Asks if and when CD’s "Variability of organic beings in a state of nature", as projected in 1868 [see Variation 1: 4] is to appear.

Author:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Mar 1877
Classmark:  DAR 168: 59
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-10889

To Leonard Blomefield   17 April [1873]

Summary

Thanks LB for his essay on local biology.

CD with much care and discomfort is now able to work a few hours almost every day.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  17 Apr [1873]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (LET3016)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-8863

To Leonard Jenyns   [14 or 21 August 1846]

Summary

Looks forward to LJ’s volume [Observations in natural history (1846)].

Observations on what the world would call trifling points in natural history are always very interesting to him. Deplores their absence in foreign periodicals.

Is slaving away to finish S. American geology.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  [14 or 21] Aug 1846
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-987

To Leonard Jenyns   25 [November 1844]

Summary

On checks to increase of species and the observations which led him to regard species as mutable in form. Would welcome "at some future time" LJ’s criticism of the "sketch" of his conclusions.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  25 [Nov 1844]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-793

To Leonard Jenyns   14 February [1845]

Summary

Discusses checks on growth of species population; use of term "mutation" in his species theory. His belief in species mutability.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  14 Feb [1845]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-828

To Leonard Jenyns   [May–September 1842]

Summary

Glad to hear that LJ will repeat his notes to Gilbert White’s [Natural history of] Selborne [1843] in a separate work.

Critical of G. R. Gray’s attaching his own name to Furnarius cunicularius [in Birds, pp. 65–6]. Strickland’s nomenclature laws are needed to check egoism.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  [May–Sept 1842]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-627

To Leonard Jenyns   [9 May 1842]

Summary

Is sending fish skins and bottles off to Cambridge Philosophical Society.

Fish numbers [of Zoology], now finished, give CD satisfaction when he doubts whether he ought to have applied for Government money.

Wishes Thomas Bell would finish his part [Reptiles].

CD has just corrected last page of index of Coral reefs.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  [9 May 1842]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-629

To Leonard Jenyns   12 October [1844]

Summary

Asks whether LJ can throw light on this subject: "What are the checks and what the periods of life by which the increase of any given species is limited?" CD has been driven to conclude that species are mutable; allied species are co-descendants from common stocks.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  12 Oct [1844]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-782

To Leonard Jenyns   [November 1841]

Summary

Details regarding volume on Fish.

Sends notes on Diodon.

Must give up attending Geological Society evening meetings; knocks him up.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  [Nov 1841]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-611

To Leonard Jenyns   [13? January 1842]

Summary

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

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  [13? Jan 1842]
Classmark:  American Philosophical Society (Mss.B.D25.)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-614

To Leonard Jenyns   24 June [1841]

Summary

Doctors predict it will take years for CD’s constitution to recover.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  24 June [1841]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-599

To Leonard Jenyns   29 February [1868]

Summary

Thanks LJ for his useful facts. Will "look to" the reference about the nightingale.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Leonard Jenyns; Leonard Blomefield
Date:  29 Feb [1868]
Classmark:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-5957
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