Merthyr Mawr, <1>
My dear Henry
You were very generous to spare me a plant of your curious & remarkable Natal Plant. I shall be very anxious to know what it is whenever the wise men have named it. I hope we may succeed in getting it to blossom. I have nothing to send in return. I am very little able now to go into the Garden & nothing prospers in consequence.
Spencer <2> brought seeds from New Zealand & he begs me to send some to you in hopes your very fortunate management may get some of them to vegetate. No person but you will do so I think, we have never succeeded & three we gave to Margam have not done so either.
I hope your Gardener has been as much pleased with his visit to Margam &c as he expresses himself to be – The weather has been indifferent & the time of year unfavorable There is an Aloë now flowering at Margam I fear it is too late to be very fine.
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1. Merthyr Mawr, Glamorgan, on River Ogwr.
2. Spencer Perceval Nicholl (b. 1841), army officer, Jane Nicholl’s youngest son.