From J. S. Henslow 17 October 1843
H. H. S. [Hitcham Hadleigh Suffolk]
17 Oct 1843
My dear Darwin,
The odd Atriplex came from Lindley alone — Mr K’s was clearly only A. patula, & this it is that staggers me— Lindley ought to hunt out the A. hastata in the Linnean or other herbaria in London & see what he can make of it—1
The raising some of these things indoors & in pots has evidently induced an unusual habit in them— but this is a different thing from the very marked characters about the supposed A. hastata— tho’ with my usual “unwillingly discriminatory-species” eyes I can conceive A. patula & A. hastata to be the same thing—2
Many more than 300, & probably double that No. came to see the Roman Tomb— The 2d day’s admission was 6d & so for several on the 1st day— I only modelled the brickwork, & then laid the articles precisely in sitû. I have drawn up a little account with a lithograph figure which I will send to London some day for you—3 I hope to be in town in Novr. & perhaps give a little account of my Whales ears & Nodules—4 I have had the 2 best specimens modelled—one of each species—
Ever Yrs truly | J S Henslow
Regards [W. Kemp’s] plant as clearly only Atriplex patula, though with "an unusual habit".
Adds report on success of his Roman tomb exhibit.