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Letter 338

Henslow, J. S. to Darwin, C. R.

[5 Nov 1837 – Mar 1838]

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    [Fragment glued to CD's notes on rock specimens. The recto refers to one of CD's specimens, the verso mentions his Keeling Island plants.]

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[recto:] 378 yellow =a prism of about 79 1/2— not yet ascertained what it belongs to

[verso:] Ochrosia—as I am < > <p>uzzled about your Keeling plant— the authorities give such [contradictory testimony] & even [it]

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    f1 338.f1
    The date range is inferred from CD's letter to J. S. Henslow, [4 November 1837], requesting the mineral specimen numbers and colours of the paper and the letter to J. S. Henslow, [26 March 1838], when the specimen (378 yellow) had recently been identified by William Hallowes Miller.
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    f2 338.f2
    CD's note about the specimen is in DAR 39.1: 88, in a catalogue of mineral specimens collected during the voyage. See letter to J. S. Henslow, [4 November 1837], n. 1 for CD's numbering code.
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    f3 338.f3
    Henslow found Ochrosia parviflora particularly difficult to identify from existing botanical sources, see Henslow 1838, p. 345.
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