Friday 20th May 1823.
My dear Henry
I wrote to you in answer to your last letter, <1> which I directed to Florence, & have been expecting one from you, for two or three days past. – At Salerno, we went to see a very curious acqueduct [sic], of light, gothic architecture; they told us it was made by the Devil, & that it had been there since the beginning of the world. – I found near it a very curious flower; you may imagine a plant about a foot & a half high, with leaves in the shape of groundsel, only a great deal larger, & covered with large thorns; the blossom is exactly like that of a potatoe [sic], & the same colour, (lilac) the stem also is covered with thorns. – At Pæstum I found a flower that might appear to the vulgar eye, like a dandelion, only of a lovely pink; I saw there also some beautiful pink Convolvolus. – At Mola di Gaeta, near Cicero’s <2> villa, I found a species of Cerinthe like that we saw at Caracalla’s <3> baths; the difference was, that the blossom or bell, was red near the calyx, & the rest yellow; [illustration] Addio mio caro Enrico <4>, believe me always your affectionate sister.
Caroline Augusta Feilding.P.S. If you go to Genoa, pray go & see Angioj <5>. –
Mr W. H. F. Talbot
1. Letter not located.
2. Cicero (106–43 BC), Roman orator and rhetorical scholar.
3. Nickname for the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus (188–217).
4. Goodbye my dear Henry