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Document number: 770
Date: 28 May 1817
Dating: date of franking
Postmark: 29 May 1817
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: MURRAY Amelina Matilda
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 21st February 2012

My dear Henry,

I send you a moss as H. palustris which may, or may not, be it – my specimen certainly agrees better than the enclosed with Smiths* <1> description,

and was found in a different place, but I looked there in vain, my search for H: filicimum in fruit was likewise unproductive, it is later this year than last, for I do not think by the look of the shoots, it will produce any for this month to come, I have squeezed off a bit [illegible deletion] of my own specimen, which small as it is, will I hope enable you to tell me I am not wrong in calling it filicimum –

Caroline <2> has got the seven first numbers of Mr Hooker, <3> I am delighted with them but cannot help trembling for his life, I know so many people who have died almost directly that they have begun publishing in numbers – pray enquire after his health now & then – I verily believe one of the mosses I found in the Isle of Mann [sic] was the Weissia Templetonii which Mr Hooker says was has never been found before out of Ireland – Hypnum tenellium grows upon Giles’s <4> grotto here, – do you understand the grasses? I wish I did, but they appear very difficult – Mr Oylander?] Sir William’s brother, found Hookeria lucens & what I think must be Encalypta vulgans somewhere near Parnham – Caroline desires her love to you –

Yrs sincerely
A. M. Murray

Do you want any Bryum nutans? –

*N.B. don’t find fault with my quoting him I must do so while Mr Hooker’s work is only in progress –.

Sherborne, May twenty Eight, Ilchester <5>
W. H. Talbot Esqr
Revd Mr Bonney’s <6>


1. Sir James Edward Smith who wrote Introduction to Physiological & Systematic Botany (London: Longman, Hurst, Reese, Orme, and White, 1807).

2. Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, née Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (1808–1881); WHFT’s half-sister.

3. Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785–1865), Prof & botanist. From 1817 to 1828 Hooker wrote the descriptions for a serialised publication of a new edition of William Curtis’s Flora Londinensis (London: George Graves, Richard, and Arthur Taylor, 1817–1828).

4. Probably Giles Digby Robert Fox Strangways (1798–1827).

5. Henry Stephen Fox Strangways, 3rd Earl of Ilchester (1787–1858).

6. Thomas Kaye Bonney (1782–1863), Archdeacon of Leicester.

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