[written on the same sheet as a note from his other cousin, Jane Nicholl - see Doc. No: 00152]
Penrice Castle <1>
June 11 1824
My dear Henry,
I have been a long while without fulfilling my promise of writing you an account of your plants but I hope now to make up for my silence. – Both Mary Isabella and Charry <2> have written to you an account of your seeds and the primula which you brought from the Alps, which has been blowing most beautifully but is now gone out of blow. – Jane’s <3> other Orchis is now in blow, it is a great beauty and has lilac wings I do not know its name, no more does Mamma <4> – she says it is very like <5> the Bee orchis except in one very essential particular which is that the little lip at the lower part of the flower always turns back in the Bee orchis and that it turns very much up and forwards in this one. [illustration] this is the lip. – here is as good a picture of it as I can make and I hope it will convey some idea of it to you. – Two fine young plants of Styrax are come up which Mamma says you will be glad to hear. – Two or Three sorts of your mixed seeds are come up, and I dare say we should have a great many more, if we could but have a little rain, but we have had very warm and very dry weather, for a long time now. – the Vicia Gracilis is now in blow it has one purple blossom at each joint but it is not very showy. – One of your Irises, is coming to blow I mean one of the roots which you gave Mamma. – Charlotte has received your letter <6> from Venice – it amused us very much indeed; we could not make out all Petrarch’s Epitaph but we must ask somebody who knows Latin to translate it for us – Christopher <7> is gone in his Yatcht [sic] to Southampton – he is going to sail a race with Mr Weld’s Yatcht, the Julia<8> I think. – Jane is in London and she write us word that Johnny <9> has left off his cap and can lift himself off the ground by himself. – He was put into short frocks before Kit’s Birthday. – Isabella has written you an account of the proceedings on that day but she forget to say that we had 21 guns fired from Prospect Rock which were answered by as many from the Yatcht in the Bay. – There was a Bonfire on Cefn Bryn & 3 or 4 on Oxwich Point. – Mr Knight <10> sent us a Song which was composed and sung by one of the Margam <11> Tenants – all the verses had a Chorus which was “Talbot for ever” but the song itself was in Welsh. – We longed for you on Kit’s birthday and I could not help thinking that it was a day which will never come again. – We are going to Malvern this summer. – Aunt Charlotte is there and Mr Lemon <12> is much better – he has quite recovered his voice again. – Charles and Augusta <13> are both well and much improved since we saw them, according to Sir Christopher’s <14> report. – Uncle Harry and his children <15> are in London and so is Aunt Louisa <16> – Kerry <17> has been very ill but is now recovering and Henry & Louisa <18> are getting quite well – they have all three had the Measles. – I received Caroline and Horatia’s <19> amiable letter some time ago, but I have never heard since of the Drawing which Caroline says she has sent me, and I am very anxious to know how it was to come to England – I hope it is not lost – pray thank her for it and for her kind promise of another. – Mamma has got a most beautiful Cactus Speciosa in blow at present. – You cannot think how gay the garden is now, and so are our Gardens also. – I think you will be glad to hear that Mr Bowen has got some situation in an Iron foundery [sic] which he hopes will be worth £100 a year to him, it is a very excellent thing for him, and will help them very much for they have such a large family. – I am sorry to say Charlotte continues very poorly, and is not able to bear the warm weather, but I am in hopes that Malvern <20> will do her much good and I am sure the company of Aunt Charlotte <21> and Mr Lemon will be highly beneficial to her. –
Pray give my love to Aunt Lily and Mr Feilding <22> and Caroline & Horatia whom I long to see, and do not let them stay away from England longer than they intended when you were here. –
I am your very affectionate cousin
Emma T. Talbot
Pray remember always to tell us the next place we are to direct our letters to, whenever we write, because when you tell us only the Places you are going to, we do not know how long you may stay there. –
[readdressed in another hand:]
June 15th 1824
1. Penrice Castle and Penrice House, Gower, Glamorgan, 10 mi SW of Swansea: home of Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.
2. Mary Thereza Talbot (1795–1861), WHFT’s cousin, Isabella Catherine Franklen, née Talbot (1804–1874), and Charlotte Louisa 'Charry' Traherne, née Talbot (1800–1880), WHFT’s cousin.
3. Jane Harriot Nicholl, née Talbot (1796–1874).
4. Lady Mary Lucy Cole, née Strangways, first m. Talbot (1776–1855), WHFT’s aunt.
5. Text obscured by seal.
6. Letter not located.
7. Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (1803–1890), immensely wealthy landowner, mathematician & politician; WHFT’s Welsh cousin.
8. Either James Weld, a famous builder and racer of large yachts, or his younger borther John Weld. Since CRMT's yacht was the Giulia, perhaps Emma was confusing the two.
9. John Cole Nicholl (b. 1823), eldest son of Jane Harriet Nicholl, and John Nicholl.
11. Margam Park, Glamorgan: home of Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.
12. Sir Charles Lemon (1784–1868), politician & scientist; WHFT’s uncle.
13. Charles Lemon (1816–1826), and his sister Augusta Lemon (d. 1825), children of Sir Charles Lemon.
14. Sir Christopher Cole (1770–1836), Captain, MP & naval officer.
15. Henry Stephen Fox Strangways, 3rd Earl of Ilchester (1787–1858) and his children.
16. Louisa Emma Petty Fitzmaurice, née Fox Strangways, Marchioness of Lansdowne (1785-1851), wife of Henry Petty Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne; Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria, 1837-1838; WHFT's aunt.
17. William Thomas Fitzmaurice, Earl of Kerry (1811–1836), MP.
18. Henry Fitzmaurice, Lord Shelburne, 4th Marquess of Lansdowne (1816–1866), MP, and Louisa Howard, née Fitzmaurice (d. 1906), daughter of Lady Louisa Emma Fitzmaurice.
19. Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, née Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (1808–1881); WHFT’s half-sister, and Henrietta Horatia Maria Gaisford, née Feilding (1810–1851), WHFT’s half-sister.
20. Malvern, or Great Malvern, 9 mi SW of Worcestershire.
21. Lady Charlotte Anne Lemon, née Strangways (d. 1826), WHFT’s aunt.
22. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, née Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (1773–1846), WHFT’s mother, and Rear Admiral Charles Feilding (1780–1837), Royal Navy; WHFT’s step-father.