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DCP-LETT-701

From J. S. Henslow   9 October 1843

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 Tumulus1 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 1s /– show (!) at the Bury Bazaar on Saturday & realized more than 25£—which is turning a sight to some profit— They are to occupy a permanent position in the house of the Gent— on whose property they were found—

Joy of a new daughter & congratulations to Mrs D.

D for ever!

D. d. Δ. δ. I don’t know Hebrew or would go on— I forgot D. d.2

Ever Yrs truly | J S Henslow

Footnotes

1
Henslow had discovered a Roman tomb near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. He described the find in Henslow 1843b.
2
An 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’.

Summary

Thinks W. Kemp’s specimens are all common varieties of living species of Atriplex.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-701
From
Henslow, J. S.
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
Hitcham
Source of text
DAR 50: A24–5
Physical description
3pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 701,” accessed on 26 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-701

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