Lacock Abbey, Chippenham
July 15. 1840
I have sent half of Dr Sims’s <1> Herbarium in a box by the waggon; I looked over one or two packets, & thought that the specimens were of little importance, and that the Herbarium was perhaps hardly worth the carriage to London: which is the reason why I have not sent it all; but the remainder is very much at your service if you like to have it. I have two strong plants of Centaurea pullata in flower (raised from seeds extracted from the Mt Taurus herbarium) – There is nothing about it to justify the specific name, neither the leaves nor flowers have any blackness – It is a distinct species, previously at least unknown to me. I raised another Mt Taurus plant, a species of Gypsophila
A rare European plant Arum tenuifolium flowered finely with me the other day. What is the name of the enclosed Phacelia?
H. F. Talbot
1. Probably John Sims (sic) (1749–1831) who edited Curtis’s Botanical Magazine (1801–1826).