17 Coates Crescent <1>
Some months ago you proposed to dry some of the beautiful ferns <2> in the Botl Garden, <3> for the purpose of photoglyphic Engraving, for which they are eminently calculated – Fronds measuring not more than 9 inches by 7 would be preferred – They should be well expanded, and as nearly as possible without a wrinkle when dried – I believe I sent you the Engraving of an Adiantum <4> which I made the last time I was at home –
Yours very Truly
H. F. Talbot
3. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.