My dear Henry
I have been much disappointed that you did not fulfil your promise of bringing Charles <2> here during his holidays, I have been thinking of it many times & had collected a few seeds for you which I hope may be acceptable, I should have enjoyed going about with you, & Charles might have made acquaintance with his Cousins, now they are gone to Margam <3> Fanny Strangways <4> & I shall follow soon most likely, and so I must send my seeds by the post -
I do not know that they are rightly named but you will settle that matter when you see them, easily -
Chrisr <7> wrote me word he had heard from you a short time ago he is still at Cowes I fancy but expected at Margam very soon. -
Mr Traherne and Charlotte <8> are at Tenby. they are tolerably well & I hope enjoying the Sea side. the weather for the last ten days has been very fine & everyone is extremely busy getting in the harvest.
My kind love to dear Cousin Constance <9> I am sure she would have put you in mind of your promise if she had known all about it! -
I am your affate coz
1. Penrice Castle and Penrice House, Gower, Glamorgan, 10 mi SW of Swansea: home of Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.
2. Charles Henry Talbot (1842-1916), antiquary & WHFT's only son.
3. Margam Park, Glamorgan: home of Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.
4. Fanny Strangways, daughter of the Rev the Hon Charles Strangways.
5. Jane Harriot Nicholl, née Talbot (1796-1874).
6. Now Bad Wildbad, a spa town in the Black Forest, south of Karlsruhe.
7. Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (1803-1890), immensely wealthy landowner, mathematician & politician; WHFT's Welsh cousin.
8. Rev John Montgomerie Traherne (1788-1860), JP & author and Charlotte Louisa 'Charry' Traherne, née Talbot (1800-1880), WHFT's cousin.
9. Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811-1880), WHFT's wife.