Thinks W. Kemp's specimens are all common varieties of living species of Atriplex.
H. H. S [Hitcham Hadleigh Suffolk]
9 Oct 1843
My dear Darwin,
Specimens from Mr Kemp incline me to think that the supposed A. hastata will
turn out after all to be only a strange var. of Atriplex patula a very common plant in
waste lands— His other two are equally common viz. Polygonum convolvulus
& aviculare— I trust there is no mistake about the seeds of these
plants being in the soil he used— They are all 3 great gardening
& agricultural pests— I have been so deep in the Tumulus that I have not had time to think about your quere which I will do
as soon as I can— I managed to restore the Glass Urn & made a model of
the brick vault— The whole was exhibited as a
Joy of a new daughter & congratulations to M
D for ever!
D. d. &Dgr;. &dgr;. I don't know Hebrew or would go on— I forgot D. d. —
- f1 701.f1Henslow had discovered a Roman tomb near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. He described the find in Henslow 1843b.
- f2 701.f2An allusion to CD's children who are referred to as little ‘d’s (see Correspondence vol. 3, letter to Leonard Jenyns, [14 or 21 August 1846]). Before and during the Beagle voyage, CD used a seal engraved with an italic, capital ‘D’.