19 Sept. 1825.
I am sorry I had not the pleasure of your Company on Saturday last as you intended, but am glad to learn I am to be favored with your company soon.
It is my intention to return from Stourhead on Saturday next. I received a Letter from Sir James Smith <1> by the same post as that from you, saying He and Lady Smith <2> will be with me on the 5th of next month. I hope for some days, and shall be glad to see you for as long as you can make it convenient at the same Time.
I intend paying a visit to Mr & Mrs Selwin <3> <sic> in the course of the present week, and will endeavour to persuade them to give you the meeting here. I had a very interesting Letter from Mr Strangwayes <4> <sic> a short Time ago, containing a great deal of botanical Information and adding he was about to send me several Books of Plants.
I am Dear Sir
yrs very sincerely
A Bourke Lambert <5>
W. H. Talbot Esqre
4 Mall Buildings
1. Sir James Edward Smith, MD (1759–1828), botanist.
2. Lady Pleasance Smith (1773–1877).
3. Misspelling of Rev Townshend Selwyn (1783–1853), botanist & Canon of Gloucester, and his wife.
4. William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways, 4th Earl of Ilchester (1795–1865), botanist, art collector & diplomat.