My dear Henry,
I have found Adiantum Capillus Veneris in equal perfection at Dunraven <1> upon the Rocks in abundance I will send you a little bit in this letter I found likewise a plant growing on the wet rocks. I will describe it as well as I can Roots fibrous of a light brown Stalk round branching from the root and for the flower stalks and of a light green colour. Plant growing from
four five to eighteen inches in height Leaves this shape the largest two inches long & growing wherever the stalk branched off Blossoms about twenty on a stalk alternate, white, very small & I think five cleft joined at the bass [sic] the seed vessells this shape seeds this size sticking round the seed vessel around which there is a case I am afraid this is not very like it but enough perhaps for you to understand it my description My language is not very Botanical which you must excuse It was a very pretty plant which I think very uncommon for those sort of looking plants it was odd enough for me not to know what is was Mama <2> did not know it Tell dear Chris <3> that I wish he would write to me Mama says we must not all write so many and Mama take up [sic] all the correspondence.
Write soon as I am all impatience to know what it can be. Miss Bee went on Monday never to return I am afraid she is a great loss
Mama says she will send some money to Christopher as soon as she can get any that will go
Kiss this dear Boy for me if you will or can condescend
1. Dunraven Castle, Glamorganshire belonged to Thomas Wyndham.
2. Lady Mary Lucy Cole, née Strangways, first m. Talbot (17761855), WHFTs aunt.
3. Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (18031890), immensely wealthy landowner, mathematician & politician; WHFTs Welsh cousin.
4. Rev George Butler (17741853), Headmaster at Harrow.
5. Written in another hand at the back of address panel.