My dear Henry
I enclose a flower of some pretty orobus which you I think gave formerly to my dear mother <2> – we want to know the name of it the colour is a peculiar orange-lake or reddish pink & it blows beautifully this is a very small specimen but I hope large enough for you to make it out. I dare say your children & their cousins from Margam <3> much enjoyed themselves together & I hope we shall by & by know the pleasure of seeing you all here – We are now soon (4th of next month) intending to go to Shrewsbury, Chester & North Wales – all new country to me – so I expect to be much amused if we have tolerable weather I dare say your garden is very beautiful – how fine the roses are this year – I should like you to see our garden too the Chinese [sic] larkspur is vy fine now – love to Mrs Talbot <4>
Your aff cousin
1. Coedriglan, near Cardiff, Wales: home of the Rev John Montgomerie Traherne, husband of WHFT’s cousin Charlotte.
2. Lady Mary Lucy Cole, née Strangways, first m. Talbot (1776–1855), WHFT’s aunt.
3. Margam Park, Glamorgan: home of Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.
4. Constance Talbot, née Mundy (1811–1880), WHFT’s wife.