Carolside Earlston Berwickshire
I was in Edinh the day before yesterday in my way here from the Carse of Gowrie, & did all I could think of to find you & Mrs Talbot but in vain, it did not cross my mind to try the P. O. so perhaps this will reach you I have been in Scotland since Augt & mean to spend nearly the whole of this next month in Roxburghshire & Berwick, cannot you run down the Kelso line some day to find me? There are not so many of our generation left that we should ignore old friends. I shall be here about ten days 6 miles from Melrose, then at Floors Castle, one mile from the Kelso station that place is worth seeing, the new gardens magnificent, I could shew them to you & I feel sure the Duke & Duchess (who are among my numerous cousins) would let me invite you to have some lunch What have you been doing lately? I suppose you joined the Aberdeen meeting I want to hear something of your bride & bridegroom, has he any avocation? Why did you begin at the wrong end of your family? my love to Mrs T. & your two remaining girls if they have not forgotten me how is Madlle Amelina? I have been enjoying ten days at St Andrews, such a pleasant interesting place! do you know it? good bathing, rocks & sands cheap houses & living Capital Golf playing (for those who enjoy it.) & such ruins & sketching! I was quite sorry to come away, tho entirely on my own book & Knowing no one I found out a capital old botanist too, with the best collection of British Ferns I ever saw, in an old Greenhouse at the back of his shop did you ever hear of Howie? I bought P. fontana A. [vindi?] & a beautiful var of Athyrium by the bye he calls the 1st an Asplenium is it so?
Yours ever sincerely
Amelia M Murray
Henry Fox Talbot Esqr.