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From C. C. Babington   26 October 1843

St John’s Coll: Cambridge

Oct. 26. 1843.

Dear Darwin,

I am much pleased to have had an opportunity of examining the Atriplex raised from seeds found at so great a debth by Mr. Kemp.1

The specimen has all the appearance of having been grown upon a very richly manured or muddy soil, but is, as I believe I may say with the utmost confidence, a variety of the A. angustifolia. I have seen plants growing on the mud of salt marshes or close to a dung-hill that exactly resembled it in all points. The usual state of the plant is so different that I cannot wonder at botanists who have not made this unattractive genus their study refering the specimens to a wrong species.

A. hastata is quite a different plant. I should much like to see Mr. Kemp’s specimens refered by Henslow to A. patula. 2

I inclose the specimen and have only to add my earnest hope that your health is now restored to its former state of goodness.

Believe me to be | Most truly yours | Charles C. Babington—


See letters from J. S. Henslow, 9 October 1843 and 17 October 1843.


Identifies Atriplex raised from seeds found by W. Kemp as A. angustifolia.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Cardale Babington
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
St John’s College, Cambridge
Source of text
DAR 50: A28
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 708,” accessed on 27 January 2021,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2