Down near Bromley Kent

Nov 22d

Dear Sir

From Charles Darwin to William Kemp   22 November 1843

I am pleased how good a case your facts here make.— Your last letter with an account of your manner of planting &c &c was very useful.— You will perceive the bearing of some of your facts by reading the article on Agyptian Wheat in the accompanying Gardeners’ Chroni⁠⟨⁠cle⁠⟩⁠ which please to return to me.— You will think I have greatly curtailed your paper, I am certain that & short paper with no theory is desirable in this case. Please to make any corrections o⁠⟨⁠r⁠⟩⁠ remarks or improvements on a separate piece of paper, & I will introduce them. I have written to Professor Henslow to le⁠⟨⁠arn⁠⟩⁠ what your doubtful plant was, & will make ⁠⟨⁠any⁠⟩⁠ alteration which may be desirable— I propose to send your paper to the Annals of Natural Histo⁠⟨⁠ry⁠⟩⁠ with a request for its early insertion (proba⁠⟨⁠bl⁠⟩⁠y it can not be admitted for 5 or 6 weeks) & for a few copies for yourself— I hope you will be satisfied with my abstract, which I have tak⁠⟨⁠en⁠⟩⁠ pains with & will correct, when in type.— The paper is not geological enough for the Geological Soc.—

Believe me | with good wishes | Yours very faithfully | C. Darwin

P.S. You will observe that I have introduced a few remarks not in your papers, which I thought desirable, which I do not doubt you will excuse

[Addressed to] Mr. William Kemp | Gas Works | Galashiels | Scotland

Postmark ‘22 NO 22 | 1843’

Please cite as “KEMP42,” in Ɛpsilon: The William Kemp Collection accessed on 3 March 2024,