My dear Henry
I cannot enclose a letter on from Florence without just telling you that Uncle Wm’s <1> Datura hybrida is blowing beautifully, as you heard I dare say of his anxiety & fuss about it, as well as Mr Lambert’s. <2> It only opens for one day so I cannot send any specimens but it looks white & with a long tube like any other Datura – His Solanum arboreum has blown too very well & several other things & all his pets are uncommonly well. I wish you could see the gardens &cc now, instead of coming in the dead of winter as is your custom, for they look very pretty & the grass delightfully green & fresh – Uncle Harry & the Belmores <3> are here shooting now, & Uncle H. is in remarkably good spirits – Henry <4> is trying to do his best to like shooting and I think he improves a little, tho’ unfortunately the weather has been so oppressively hot that it is scarcely a fair trial – I suppose you hear of Kit from Penrice, <5> but in case you should not have heard the latest intelligence, you may be glad to know that he is now on his Voyage to Lisbon, <6> where he intends to end his Cruize for this year & give up going to the Mediterranean till next summer.
We should be very much obliged if you would sit down & given us a short history of Penrice & yourselves as we have not heard how the Talbots & Charlotte <7> are for an age, nor of you since you were settled at Clifton <8> – Mr William Bankes <9> has been staying here which was a most delightful treat to us, as he is quite as agreeable as ever and entertained us extremely.
With kind love to all believe me My dear Henry Your Affate Cousin
Henry Talbot Esqr
1. William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways, 4th Earl of Ilchester (1795–1865), botanist, art collector & diplomat.
2. Aylmer Bourke Lambert (1761–1842), botanist.
3. Henry Stephen Fox Strangways, 3rd Earl of Ilchester (1787–1858); Somerset Lowry-Corry, 2nd Earl Belmore (1774–1841), Governor of Jamaica, and his wife, Lady Juliana, Countess Belmore, née Butler (1783-1861).
4. Henry Frampton (1804-1879).
5. Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (1803–1890), immensely wealthy landowner, mathematician & politician; WHFT’s Welsh cousin.
7. Charlotte Louisa 'Charry' Traherne, née Talbot (1800–1880), WHFT’s cousin.
8. Clifton, Bristol, on the Avon Gorge.
9. William John Bankes (1786–1855), politician.
10. Moreton, Dorset: home of the Frampton family.