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DCP-LETT-707

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

Footnotes

1
See letter from John Lindley, [before 2 September 1843], and letter from J. S. Henslow, 9 October 1843.
2
See letter from C. C. Babington, 26 October 1843.
3
Henslow 1843b.
4
Henslow reported to the Geological Society on 13 December on concretions, including fossil petro-tympanic bones of Cetacea, he had found in the Red Crag at Felixstowe, Suffolk (Henslow 1843c, with an appendix describing four species by Richard Owen).

Summary

Regards [W. Kemp’s] plant as clearly only Atriplex patula, though with "an unusual habit".

Adds report on success of his Roman tomb exhibit.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-707
From
Henslow, J. S.
To
Darwin, C. R.
Sent from
Hitcham
Source of text
DAR 50: A26–7
Physical description
4pp †

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 707,” accessed on 29 September 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-707

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