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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


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


Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 27 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.


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

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John Stevens Henslow
Charles Robert Darwin
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DAR 50: A24–5
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Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 701,” accessed on 26 November 2020,

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