My Dear Talbot
Many thanks for your letter and the information it contained. – I like Thomsons Annals <1> as much as ever, and Chemistry also, tho’ I have not time at present to practise it. – If you are at Normanton <2> at the time I pass thro’ Stamford on my way South, I shall certainly stop there a day. –
I have lately found on our moors Lycopodium Selaginoides; and Splachnum sphæricum, both male and female blossom: at Elsdon the beautiful Galeopsis versicolor, which is a weed in a garden there. – <
Then> Of Melica nutans I have specimens from near the Dropping well at Knaresbro’: and of Impatiens Noli me tangere, from Fountains Abby, Yorkshire: of Hippuris vulgaris from near Darlington bridge. Since I last wrote Mimosa glauca and Sideroxylon melanophlum, of the seeds you sent, have come up. – Some of them I think are wrong named. – I had the other day wh a specimen which I thought was a small fungus, but Sowerby <3> tells me they are the eggs of an Hemerobius, they which insect suspends its leaves eggs by leaves long foot stalks to leaves &c. They have I believe been frequently taken for Parasitical plants.
I shall pass Stamford about the 16 or 17th of this month, and in case you should
be not at that time have gone to Cambridge I will thank you to write a line to me directed to the Post office, York. – where I expect to be about the 12th
Yrs very truly
W. C. Trevelyan
W. H. F. Talbot Esqr
2. Normanton, Rutlandshire.
3. Possibly James Sowerby (1757–1822), artist and scientific illustrator.