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Document number: 8703
Date: 06 May 1863
Dating: year derived from Doc no 08702
Recipient: BALFOUR John Hutton
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Collection number: Balfour Corr v. XI T21
Last updated: 25th March 2012

Profr Balfour.

11 Gt Stuart St <1>
May 6

Dr Sir

Ld Ilchester <2> is very much obliged to you for the list of Palms. He says that he possesses Chamærops Palmetto <3> and that none of the others would be hardy on the South Coast of Dorsetshire. He is in search of the Areca sapida of N. Zealand which is hardy. Also of Madeira and Canary plants. Those which he has, do so well in Dorset – Campanula Vidalii for example (that however is Azorian) – He cannot get an Ardisia excelsa –

He proposes to send the Edinburgh Botanic Garden some bulbs, at the proper season, they are now in flower.

I think you would like to see his collection at Abbotsbury <4>

Believe me Yours very truly
H. F. Talbot


1. The Talbots rented 11 Great Stuart Street, Edinburgh, during 1863.

2. William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways, 4th Earl of Ilchester (1795–1865), botanist, art collector & diplomat.

3. See the apparently preceding letter: Doc. No: 08702.

4. Abbotsbury, Dorset: home of William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways.

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