[The wrapper for this letter is in a private collection:]
W. H. F. Talbot Esqre
Revd Dr Butler's
Octr 1 <2>
My dear Henry
I enclose you a list of the Plants most of them new to me which I have found since I left home & I intend it as a reward for your sending me the names of those found round Harrow. <3> – Let me know how you get on in Mineralogy. – Of foreign Plants there are some beautiful ones in a Gentleman’s Garden near this – The Allamanda Cathactica is beautiful – a Stove Plant
with the flower a long Yellow Tube – How does Kit <4> manage at Harrow? I hope I shall have a visit from you next year when [illegible] are in the way & we will botanize at such a rate. What a pleasant time you must all have had at Penrice. <5> – write to me
yr afft Aunt
[His aunt then rotated the paper and added a PS upside down:]
Direct to me under cover
to Sir William Lemon Bt <6>
Sir Christopher Cole <7> was here last week – & is going over to Penrice from St. Ives next week. –
We have added very much to our collections of rocks &c. since we have been here & are going to send home a ship load
1. Carclew, Cornwall, 3 mi N of Penryn: seat of Sir Charles Lemon.
2. '1814' added, written in another hand, apparentely contemporaneous.
3. Harrow School: WHFT attended from 1811–1815 and his son Charles from 1855-1859.
4. Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (1803–1890), immensely wealthy landowner, mathematician & politician; WHFT’s Welsh cousin.
5. Penrice Castle and Penrice House, Gower, Glamorgan, 10 mi SW of Swansea: home of Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.
6. Sir William Lemon (1748–1824).
7. Sir Christopher Cole (1770–1836), Captain, MP & naval officer.