Dear Henry –
the salary you offer is so very low for a professed gardener that I think my good friend Malison <1> & his nice little Swiss wife would not be able to get on upon it permanently – but in his present unfortunate circumstances (which when you know the whole story you will feel as I do, has been owing to his good instead of bad conduct) I think it might be for his good & for the benefit of your garden, if he came to you for a time – he is really a good botanist I believe, & certainly takes excellent care of seeds & young plants – With Sir Samuel Scott he had 25s a week a house & coals – his wife would not accompany him if he took a temporary engagement, they have one little boy & a little girl in Swisserland [sic] –
A. M Murray
1. For dating, see Doc. No: 03158. Cornelius Fitzsimmons, Scottish gardener at Lacock Abbey, announced that he was leaving in Autumn 1835 but stayed on in some capacity until summer 1836.