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Document number: 1494
Date: 21 Oct 1826
Dating: confirmed by Henry Murray's marriage - see Doc no 01513
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: MURRAY Amelina Matilda
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 1st May 2012

Green St
October 21st

Dear Henry

I was very sorry not to get a peep of you before you took flight, but I hope you have only departed like the swallows to visit us again in the spring, Many thanks for taking charge of my parcel from Dr Hooker, <1> were you in the secret of its contents, & can you advise me how, where, & after what fashion to acknowledge its arrival into my possession? I am puzzled to know whether he intended it there to remain, or to be returned after being inspected – You will easily understand the awkwardness I feel, under the fear of either appropriating what may not be intended to be kept, or returning what may be very kindly meant for my acceptance – The book is the 1st vol. of Drummond’s musci Scotici <2> containing beautiful specimens, with their localities &c – There was no note from Dr Hooker or any notice beyond the direction you saw – now as I do not like to remain long without acknowledging, this very polite attention on his part, whichever way it is to be taken, will you have the kindness to write me a few lines in answer to this & direct under cover to Lord I. at Melbury <3> where I shall soon be – Henry <4> was married yesterday, I think he has chosen a very nice little wife, & tho’ they must contrive to be happy without riches, I trust they will prove so – & believe it too – I wish we could hear something of John Strangways <5> –

Yrs very sincerely
A M Murray

Henry Talbot Esqr
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1. Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785–1865), Prof & botanist.

2. Thomas Drummond (1793-1835), Scottish botanical collector; died in Cuba in early March 1835. He issued the 2 volume Exsiccata (specimens with printed labels) of Musci Scotici in 1824–1825.

3. Henry Stephen Fox Strangways, 3rd Earl of Ilchester (1787–1858). Melbury, Dorset: one of the Fox Strangways family homes; WHFT was born there.

4. Henry Murray (1800–1831), youngest son of Lord George Murray and a brother-in-law of the 3rd Earl of Ilchester. [See Doc. No: 01513].

5. John George Charles Fox Strangways (1803–1859), MP.

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