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Document number: 142
Date: Oct 1835
Dating: reference to Malison
Watermark: 1835
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: MURRAY Amelina Matilda
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 22nd January 2011

Dear Henry

the salary you offer is so very low for a professed gardener that I think my good friend Malison <1> & his nice little Swiss wife would not be able to get on upon it permanently but in his present unfortunate circumstances (which when you know the whole story you will feel as I do, has been owing to his good instead of bad conduct) I think it might be for his good & for the benefit of your garden, if he came to you for a time he is really a good botanist I believe, & certainly takes excellent care of seeds & young plants With Sir Samuel Scott he had 25s a week a house & coals his wife would not accompany him if he took a temporary engagement, they have one little boy & a little girl in Swisserland [sic]

Yrs truly
A. M Murray


Notes:

1. For dating, see Doc. No: 03158. Cornelius Fitzsimmons, Scottish gardener at Lacock Abbey, announced that he was leaving in Autumn 1835 but stayed on in some capacity until summer 1836.

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