CD sends seeds found by W. Kemp of Galashiels with explanation and request that they be planted and a report sent to him, so that Kemp may publish his discovery if results are interesting.
Down Bromley | Kent
I take the liberty, at the suggestion of D
Believe me with great respect | Yours faithfully |
To | Professor Lindley &c &c &c
- f1 668.f1John Forbes Royle.
- f2 668.f2William Kemp had published two articles on the geology of Scotland (Kemp 1841 and 1843). See also letter to Charles Lyell, [19 February 1840], n. 1. No letters from Kemp to CD earlier than October 1843, and no letters from CD to Kemp, have been found.
- f3 668.f3Lindley (1840, p. 185) tells of raspberry plants he raised from seeds found in Dorsetshire in a coffin that was estimated to be sixteen or seventeen hundred years old.
- f4 668.f4Charles Giles Bridle Daubeny, who, with Lindley, was a member of a British Association committee to test the vitality of seeds over long periods of time (see letter from J. S. Henslow, 2 November 1840).
- f5 668.f5See Correspondence vol. 2, Appendix VI for the published results of this investigation.