R. Botanic gardens
11 July 1859
I thought that you had left Edin. for the south & consequently told my friend Professor Piazzi Smyth <1> to send a better photograph of the small Dragon tree <2> to your address in England. He has accordingly sent it to Lacock-Abbey Near Chippenham –
I suppose that it will be safely transmitted & that you will receive it on your return to Wiltshire. Prof Smyth thinks that it is superior to
the the photograph which I sent to you. <3> –
I am Yours respectfully
J. H. Balfour
1. Prof Charles Piazzi Smyth (1819–1900), photographer & Astronomer Royal for Scotland.