One of your Vicias is lutea var purpurascens that in your letter hybrida Mr Anderson <1> calls your white Veronica circæoides which is not a bad name. One of the handsomest wild ones is latifolia. Do you know the handsome Scophularia mellifera?
They tell me there are many Scilla hyacinthoides & Ornithogalum Arabicum this year flowering at Abb. <2> Iris fimbriata is rare too out of doors & Pancratium illyricum remarkably fine
When are you coming. Tineo & Gasparini maintain the A. ciliatum of Naples to be different from the subhirsutum of Sicily.<3> Who shall know them all?
Why do bubbles on a cup of tea attract one another it cannot be by reason of their density, for the greater the bubble the emptier it is.
W F S
I hear C V. <4> is going to Abbotsbury
1. Probably William Anderson (1766–1846), curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden.
2. Abbotsbury, Dorset: home of William Thomas Horner Fox Strangways.
3. Prof Vincenzo Tineo (1791–1856), Italian botanist, director of the botanical garden and professor of botany at Palermo. [See Doc. No: 00276]. Guglielmo Gasparini (1804-1866), Prof of Botany at Naples. A Ciliatum and Subhirsutum = Allium.
4. Caroline Valletort, that is Caroline Augusta Edgcumbe, née Feilding, Lady Mt Edgcumbe (1808–1881); WHFT’s half-sister.