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Document number: 1676
Date: 20 May 1828
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: MCPHAIL John
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA28-31
Last updated: 14th December 2010

H. F. Talbot Esqr


I have sown the annuals as you directed some of them in the house are come up but some are bad seed. I have potted off a great many of the plants you sowed in boxes –, Some have done well and some have not come up – I have sowd the grass you sent in Lady Es <1> garden it sowd about half of it. and as I could not procure seed here & have not had time to go to bath or any place where it can be had I have sowd it with the sweepings of the hay loft. – and if it dont answer I will get some first of pty –

Mr Paley <2> wishes me to enquire if you will let him have some of the stones that were taken up from the edges of the Gravel walks – there might be a few spared but I do not wish to part with many of them in case what may be wanted. –

Every thing goes on as usual. I will write a general report how things are and send on Friday. – I have exchanged of the Carters and one of the Justicea with Mr Heals[?] for 2 fine plant of the Fuscia Gracilis –

I am
Sir your obdt Servt
John MacPhail

Lacock Abbey
May 20th 1828

W. H. F. Talbot Esqr


1. Lady Elisabeth Theresa Feilding, née Fox Strangways, first m Talbot (1773–1846), WHFT’s mother.

2. Rev James Paley (1790–1863), Vicar at Lacock.

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