My dear Henry
What Joy equals mine at this moment I find Pterogonium Smithii is it possible! Oh! Joy Oh! Glad! (as Friday says) I found it in Mr Morton Pitts Garden at Kingston in a Tree I thought it very odd, & unlike any Moss I had ever seen Pray give Trevelyan <2> the enclosed & tell him I wish I knew any thing that he would like in return for all the Mosses, he has sent me Dont think your Letters are lost I get them and am very much obliged to you for answering me so regularly but whilst I am in this whorl of Aunts & Uncles it is impossible to be regular in answering Do send me H. Loreum Was the Lichen the white one?
Your aff. Coz
Sherborne, June Twenty three, 1815 Ilchester <3>
W. H.F. Talbot Esqr
Harrow on the Hill
1. Melbury, Dorset: one of the Fox Strangways family homes; WHFT was born there.
2. Walter Calverley Trevelyan, 6th Baronet (17971879), naturalist & antiquary.
3. Henry Stephen Fox Strangways, 3rd Earl of Ilchester (17871858).