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Document number: 617
Date: 01 Oct 1814
Postmark: 01 02 Oct 1814
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: COLE Mary Lucy, née Fox Strangways
Collection: Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham
Collection number: Lacock Abbey Deposit WRO 2664
Collection 2: PRIVATE
Collection 2 number: FT10411
Last updated: 10th October 2009

[The wrapper for this letter is in a private collection:]
W. H. F. Talbot Esqre
Revd Dr Butler's


Carclew <1>

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.

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