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To William Kemp   7 December [1843]


Dec. 7th.—

Dear Sir

I have the pleasure to inform you that to day I have sent your paper to the Annals1—with the particulars last sent added.—2 I hope you do not think, that I have been needlessly scrupulous,—I have had no motive but adding to the value of your discovery & establishing an interesting fact. I am sorry you thought it adviseable to send me a testimonial of yourself—3 Your correspondence & pursuits rendered that quite superfluous.

Yours faithfully | with best wishes | C. Darwin


A paper CD had compiled from letters written to him by William Kemp on 2 October, 17 October, 4 November, and 10 November 1843 describing the discovery of seeds twenty-five feet deep in a sandpit near Galashiels, Scotland, was published in Annals and Magazine of Natural History in February 1844 (Kemp 1844). See Correspondence vol. 2.
Kemp had sent further details about the discovery of his seeds with his letter of 4 December 1843 (Correspondence vol. 2).
Kemp enclosed testimonials for himself, Thomas Welsh, who had found the seeds, and John Bell, who was present at the discovery, with his letter of 4 December 1843 (Correspondence vol. 2).


Kemp, William. 1844. An account of some seeds buried in a sand-pit which germinated. By Mr William Kemp of Galashiels, in a letter to Charles Darwin, Esq. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 13: 89–91.


Has sent WK’s paper to the Annals and Magazine of Natural History (Kemp 1844).

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
William Kemp
Sent from
7 DE 7 | 1843
Source of text
Cambridge University Library (MS Add. 10252/25) (gift of Ruth Cramond and David Cramond)
Physical description
ALS 2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 720F,” accessed on 30 September 2023,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 18 (Supplement)