To J. C. Dale 28 February 1821


My dear Dale,

You must have imagined me dead or very rude before this for not answering your kind letters & I feel I have but little excuse for the neglect. Your insects arrived very safe & are highly acceptable. I was prevented from presenting them to the small society by a press of business & have been away from Cambridge till lately. The daily expectation of seeing the Vol. of Trans. published induced me to defer writing that I might send you an account of them which you have now in a printed circular.

Sedgwick I presume will send you the thanks of the Society for your present in due time. I have been very busy lately with one thing & another - the arrangement of the cabinets takes a long time but I am getting on both with the shells & Insects. I have taken a single specimen of Crux major this year. What have you been about?

In haste

believe me

most truly yours

J. S Henslow

P.S. I am really in haste having several letters to write before the post goes out.

[On the reverse of a printed notice signed by A. Sedgwick concerning the publication of part one vol. one of the Transactions of the Cambridge Philosophical Society]

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