June 21st 1818
Thanks for your epistle, <1> my Dear Talbot, which I found here on my arrival on Friday last. – I left Oxford on the 5th and spent a few days at Eyford near Stow on the Wold, and found there in a native state, Viola hirta, Ophrys nidus-avis, Helleborus viridis, Cheledonium majus, Daphne Mezereum, Hippuris vulgaris, and Lilium martagon now perfectly wild, probably naturalized, Hippocrepis comosa. My father who hast [sic] just returned from Edinburgh, has brought with him a plant of Veronica hirsuta, discovered by Mr Hopkirk <2> of Dalbeck near Glasgow, – of which I will (if you wish) preserve you a specimen. – We shall be delighted to see you here at any time that you can make it convenient to come & hope & expect you will give us a long visit. The Musci & Lichenes of our neighbourhood are anxiously looking forward to your arrival and arraying themselves in their best robes. – I suppose you amongst other Harrovians have received a dunning circular for a new speech room, I should like before I give any thing, to see the monument of our founder erected which we subscribed to about four years ago. – I do not suppose that Mr Brougham <3> will find any thing amiss in the management of the Harrow <4> funds. – The weather since Friday has been very wet, but I hope you will not find it so at your arrival. – Some of your cape [sic] plants are very flourishing, I should like to shew you them. – I am meditating a tour into the Highlands, some time this vacation, which if I accomplish I expect will afford me much pleasure, and additions to my collections, in Geology, botany &c. – If you happen to pass through Litchfield, there is a monument in the Cathedral, which (if you did not see it when exhibited in Somerset house [sic]<5> last year) would I think please you much, it is to the memory of the children of Mr Robinson, <6> sculptured by Chantry, I was highly delighted with it, as also with some of the stained glass, which is particularly fine. –
I am happy to hear of your success at Cambridge though you do not tell me in what way it was. –
yours very truly
W. C. Trevelyan
W. H. F. Talbot Esqre
31 Sackville Street
1. Not located.
2. Probably Thomas Hopkirk (1785–1841), botanist.
3. Probably Henry Peter Brougham, Baron of Brougham & Voux (1778–1868), Lord Chancellor.
4. Harrow School: WHFT attended from 1811–1815 and his son Charles from 1855-1859.
6. The Sleeping Robinson Children, Litchfield Cathedral (1817), the most celebrated work of the English sculptor Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey (1781–1842).