I have wrote by this days post to Sir James Smith <1> as you wished & I have no doubt but you will be much pleased with his society I am glad to hear you have such a fine collection of plants coming & I hope at some future times you will have the kindness to indulge me with a sight of them yesterdays days <sic> post brought me also a long Letter from my friend Sir Stamford Raffles <2> saying he had secured a very rich Collection of Natural History from Sumatra including many plants doublicates <sic> of many things he lost in the Fame <3> – a Letter also from Capt King who I think you have met in my Library he is just about to be appointed to the Command of a squadron to survey the Coasts of South America he will do much in Botany & other parts of Natural History he is now printing the Botanical part of his last Voyage I hope you will meet him here the time I mentioned in my last
A Bourke Lambert
W H Talbot Esqr
No 4 Mall Buildings
1. Sir James Edward Smith, MD (1759–1828), botanist.
2. Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781–1826), Colonial Governor who founded modern Singapore.
3. Lost in the fire, February 1824.