My dear Henry
There is a fine Aloe <2> preparing to flower at Margam. <3> I have been there today and lose no time in sending you the intelligence that you may make up your mind to come & pay us a visit this autumn on purpose to see it, as you won’t come to see us! – I think it has grown five feet in the last month; there was no appearance of any such intention before that time the Gardener tells me, he fancies the hot weather has made it think of flowering. –
I hope you are enjoying the Roses & Honeysuckles at Lacock now the rainy days make the alternate fine ones more prized and the flowers smell sweeter I think. – Pray give my kind love to your dear wife & the Children –
I am your affate coz
1. Alternative spelling for Llanely, or Lanely, Glamorganshire: home of Lady Mary Cole and Mary Thereza Talbot.
3. Margam Park, Glamorgan: home of Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.
4. Lady Mary Lucy Cole, née Strangways, first m. Talbot (1776–1855), WHFT’s aunt.
5. Richard Fowler (1765–1863), physician, and his wife.