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The Correspondence of John Stevens Henslow

John Stevens Henslow (1796–1861) spent his adult life attached to the University of Cambridge. He graduated in mathematics in 1818, then acted as a demonstrator for the Professor of Chemistry, carried out and published papers on field geology, and was a founder of the Cambridge Philosophical Society in 1821. He held two University Chairs: Mineralogy from 1823–27, and Botany from 1825 until his death in 1861.

Henslow was closely involved in University affairs and the introduction of science into the Cambridge Tripos. He was a gifted teacher and pedagogic innovator. His best-known student was Charles Darwin, with whom he maintained a life-long friendship and correspondence. Henslow also acted as the (unofficial) agent for Lord Palmerston, one of the University’s two MPs, in the election of 1826.

In 1823 Henslow was ordained and became curate of Little St Mary’s. He was awarded the living of Cholsey in 1835, and became Rector of Hitcham, near Stowmarket in Suffolk, in 1837. Henslow moved to Hitcham, but continued giving his botany course at Cambridge in May every year until his death. During this time, he attempted to introduce science into agriculture nationally and locally, whilst also taking steps to improve the lives of agricultural labourers. Universal education was a constant concern for him, through the University of London, the Department of Science and Art, regional museums, and his parish school.

Henslow had a network of correspondents across all levels of society, nearly 300 in these surviving letters. The letters he retained until his death are mostly held in the Cambridge University Library, but others have been dispersed around the world. Letters between Henslow and Darwin were published in 1967 (by Nora Barlow) and also in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin (from 1985 onwards).

The Henslow letters have been collected and transcribed by M. E. Edmunds, K. H. Joice, A. L. Jones, D. Kohn, J. G. Murrell and J. S. Parker.

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From:
R. G. Latham
To:
J. S. Henslow
Date:
1850
Source of text:
Cambridge University Library MS Add. 8176: 119b
Summary:

No summary available.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
John Phillips
To:
J. S. Henslow
Date:
1845
Source of text:
Cambridge University Library MS Add. 8177: 256
Summary:

No summary available.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
G. H. Vachell
To:
J. S. Henslow
Date:
1830
Source of text:
Cambridge University Library MS Add. 8176: 163
Summary:

No summary available.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
William Jackson Hooker
To:
J. S. Henslow
Date:
8 January 1830
Source of text:
Cambridge University Library MS Add. 8176: 132
Summary:

No summary available.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
William Jackson Hooker
To:
J. S. Henslow
Date:
8 January 1830
Source of text:
Cambridge University Library MS Add. 8176: 133
Summary:

No summary available.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
R. T. Lowe
To:
J. S. Henslow
Date:
12 January 1830
Source of text:
Cambridge University Library MS Add. 8176: 133a
Summary:

No summary available.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
G. H. Vachell
To:
J. S. Henslow
Date:
26 January 1830
Source of text:
Cambridge University Library MS Add. 8176: 185
Summary:

No summary available.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
J. S. Henslow
To:
William Baxter
Date:
1 February 1830
Source of text:
Oxford University Herbarium
Summary:

JSH writes semi-critically regarding Baxter’s failure to respond to a previous letter requesting ‘3 more complete sets’ and asking about payment.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
Robert Graham
To:
J. S. Henslow
Date:
9 February 1830
Source of text:
Cambridge University Library MS Add. 8176: 179
Summary:

No summary available.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
J. S. Henslow
To:
William Baxter
Date:
12 February 1830
Source of text:
Oxford University Herbarium
Summary:

No summary available.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
Nathaniel Wallich
To:
J. S. Henslow
Date:
16 February 1830
Source of text:
Cambridge University Library MS Add. 8176: 136
Summary:

No summary available.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
G. A. W. Arnott
To:
J. S. Henslow
Date:
9 March 1830
Source of text:
Cambridge University Library MS Add. 8176: 137
Summary:

Asks whether JSH can send specimens of some of the rarer plants found in the Cambridge region. Invites him to Edinburgh and offers access to duplicates.

Discusses JSH’s description of the leaves of Malaxis paludosa and states that he made the same description at an earlier date but did not publish it. Casts doubt on the observation that they are parasitic.

Requests British specimens of Malaxis paludosa and offers JSH a Swiss specimen.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
J. S. Henslow
To:
N. J. Winch
Date:
6 April 1830
Source of text:
Linnean Society Library Winch Letters W6.184
Summary:

No summary available.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
Revd James Dalton
To:
J. S. Henslow
Date:
11 April 1830
Source of text:
Cambridge University Library MS Add. 8176: 140
Summary:

No summary available.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
G. E. Smith
To:
J. S. Henslow
Date:
10 May 1830
Source of text:
Cambridge University Library MS Add. 8176: 141
Summary:

No summary available.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
J. J. Audubon
To:
J. S. Henslow
Date:
12 May 1830
Source of text:
Cambridge University Library MS Add. 8176: 142
Summary:

Has just returned to England from America and been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. Acknowledges receipt of money in return for works delivered to JSH.

Has completed 50 drawings in America as improvements on The Birds of America and asks JSH for help with increasing subscriptions. Comments on animal specimens.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
G. A. W. Arnott
To:
J. S. Henslow
Date:
13 May 1830
Source of text:
Cambridge University Library MS Add. 8176: 143
Summary:

Discusses planned trip to the Scottish Highlands with William Jackson Hooker and his hopes to explore in Breadalbane area.

Responds to JSH’s Salix request list, together with other plant requests, and asks for specimens. Discusses observations of Salix fragilis and Russelliana in the Edinburgh region.

Responds to JSH’s offer of plant specimens. Provides a list of species, stating that it only covers Cambridgeshire deficiencies in his British specimen collection.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
William Wilson
To:
J. S. Henslow
Date:
15 May 1830
Source of text:
Cambridge University Library MS Add. 8176: 144
Summary:

No summary available.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
William Buckland
To:
J. S. Henslow
Date:
9 June 1830
Source of text:
Cambridge University Library MS Add. 8176: 145
Summary:

No summary available.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project
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From:
J. S. Henslow
To:
William Baxter
Date:
22 June 1830
Source of text:
Oxford University Herbarium
Summary:

JSH asks for wild specimens of Senecio squalidus to be sent to Cambridge for drying.

Contributor:
Henslow Correspondence Project